Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

This trail was produced by residents of Camphill Blair Drummond - a community which provides homes and meaningful daily activities for people with learning disabilities. A countryside walk on outskirts of historic Stirling with wonderful views of Stirling Castle and the countryside towards Trossachs. Kings Knot Garden was created in the 17th century and is known locally as the Cup and Saucer. Part of the walk is across grass which can become muddy in wet weather. There are a number of irregular stone steps in part of the walk. There are a few seats in the second half of the walk.

Surveyed by: Residents of Camphill Blair Drummond, May 2012 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 5More Information
Distance: 1.4 km

Public Transport: Train and bus stations within town centre. Bus stop at the start (and finish) of the walk
Car Park: Car parking at the Smith Art Gallery and also metered on road parking.
Steps: There are around 22 irregular stone steps near the Butt Well at the far end of the walk, but these can be avoided by taking a different route across the fields.
Barriers: There is a heavy metal gate at the entrance to Kings Knot Garden.
Toilets: There are toilets at the Smith Art Gallery, available only when it is open.

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The Smith Art Gallery and Museum is a good place to visit when open - Tuesdays to Saturdays 10.30 to 17.00 and Sundays 14.00 - 17.00. You might be able to park here when its not too busy, but there is also metered parking on the street.

Museum & Heritage The Smith Art Gallery and Museum is a good place to visit when open - Tuesdays to Saturdays 10.30 to 17.00 and Sundays 14.00 - 17.00. You might be able to park here when its not too busy, but there is also metered parking on the street.

We drove into the car park and got ready to go.

CarPark We drove into the car park and got ready to go.

The walk starts at the barrier.  We turned left and walked on the pavement

Direction The walk starts at the barrier. We turned left and walked on the pavement

We turned left into Greenwood Avenue.  No pavement so be careful of oncoming cars.

Direction We turned left into Greenwood Avenue. No pavement so be careful of oncoming cars.

We looked  at the gardens. it looked good. We want to come back here next time.

View We looked at the gardens. it looked good. We want to come back here next time.

Path

We walked on the  road. It's a one way street, cars come towards you.

Surface We walked on the road. It's a one way street, cars come towards you.

We stepped up onto the pavement then we turned left into Royal Gardens.

Direction We stepped up onto the pavement then we turned left into Royal Gardens.

We walked along the path beside these lovely houses.  They had pretty gardens.

Feature of Interest We walked along the path beside these lovely houses. They had pretty gardens.

This was another path.  You could come back this way if you can't manage steps.

Direction This was another path. You could come back this way if you can't manage steps.

We saw the fire station

View We saw the fire station

Cross road by the mile stone, turning right and stepping off the kerb.  Watch out for cars.

Step Cross road by the mile stone, turning right and stepping off the kerb. Watch out for cars.

The entrance to Kings Knot.  Heavy metal gate.
The gate is about 1.2m wide,  hinged and opens in towards the gardens. It is operated by a handle that should turn (but is currently broken).

Gate The entrance to Kings Knot. Heavy metal gate. The gate is about 1.2m wide, hinged and opens in towards the gardens. It is operated by a handle that should turn (but is currently broken).

We read the story about the Kings Knot Gardens

Information We read the story about the Kings Knot Gardens

It can be muddy by the gate when wet.

Surface It can be muddy by the gate when wet.

We followed the grassy path

Surface We followed the grassy path

This is  a picture of  Kings  Knot with the castle behind

View This is a picture of Kings Knot with the castle behind

We walked up the steep bank -gradient 10.8%.The slope up is around 12m long. You can avoid this slope by walking around the mound to the other side.

Gradient We walked up the steep bank -gradient 10.8%.The slope up is around 12m long. You can avoid this slope by walking around the mound to the other side.

It looks like a cup and saucer.

Path It looks like a cup and saucer.

Standing on top, (to our left) we saw the golf course behind the trees.

View Standing on top, (to our left) we saw the golf course behind the trees.

We helped each other down the steep bank on the other side - gradient 10-17.4 %. The slope down is bigger on this side - around 20m long.

Path We helped each other down the steep bank on the other side - gradient 10-17.4 %. The slope down is bigger on this side - around 20m long.

We walked straight on towards the three trees and the footpath signpost.

Path We walked straight on towards the three trees and the footpath signpost.

A little muddy when wet.

Surface A little muddy when wet.

Turn right in front of the wall - dont go through the gate.  But look at the gate - it swivels.

Direction Turn right in front of the wall - dont go through the gate. But look at the gate - it swivels.

We  walked by the wall. You might see cows here.

Path We walked by the wall. You might see cows here.

What a view of the castle!

View What a view of the castle!

We walked  towards the gap in the wall.

Direction We walked towards the gap in the wall.

We walked through the gap.  We measured this with our hands.  It is narrow - 4 hand spans or about 80cm at ground level.

Width We walked through the gap. We measured this with our hands. It is narrow - 4 hand spans or about 80cm at ground level.

Uneven path.

Surface Uneven path.

We walked straight on across the grass.

Surface We walked straight on across the grass.

Pretty buttercups.

Path Pretty buttercups.

Head for the stone steps.

Path Head for the stone steps.

Path gets stony, and a bit steeper. Gradient - 7.4%.

Surface Path gets stony, and a bit steeper. Gradient - 7.4%.

Path by barrier gets narrow - 3 hand spans or about 60cm.

Width Path by barrier gets narrow - 3 hand spans or about 60cm.

We walked up 7 steps, some of them quite high (35cm)

Step We walked up 7 steps, some of them quite high (35cm)

We didn't go down this path on the left, but kept straight on, up 11 more steps.

Direction We didn't go down this path on the left, but kept straight on, up 11 more steps.

We turned right and climbed 3 more steps.

Step We turned right and climbed 3 more steps.

We got a good view from here.

View We got a good view from here.

The Butt Well - people used to get their water from here.

Feature of Interest The Butt Well - people used to get their water from here.

We sat on the seat for a rest and enjoyed our picnic - and the lovely view over the Carse.

Seat We sat on the seat for a rest and enjoyed our picnic - and the lovely view over the Carse.

We walked back towards The Smith on this level path. Good surface.

Surface We walked back towards The Smith on this level path. Good surface.

Keep straight on.

Direction Keep straight on.

Tree overhanging path.

Clearance Tree overhanging path.

Steep forest (to the right).  We stopped and looked at the sun shining through the trees.  Lots of different colours.  We listened to the birds singing too.

Path Steep forest (to the right). We stopped and looked at the sun shining through the trees. Lots of different colours. We listened to the birds singing too.

The path slopes down towards the steep bank -(gradient is 8.3% across the path).  Be careful here.

Gradient The path slopes down towards the steep bank -(gradient is 8.3% across the path). Be careful here.

You could stop for a rest on the curved stone seat to enjoy the view.

Seat You could stop for a rest on the curved stone seat to enjoy the view.

A lovely view over the Kings Knot garden.

View A lovely view over the Kings Knot garden.

Look at the carvings

Feature of Interest Look at the carvings

A dragon!....

Feature of Interest A dragon!....

A unicorn...

Feature of Interest A unicorn...

.....and a dog - or was it a wolf?

Feature of Interest .....and a dog - or was it a wolf?

Keep straight on

Direction Keep straight on

We looked down to the right and saw the road we walked on earlier - Greenwood Avenue.

Path We looked down to the right and saw the road we walked on earlier - Greenwood Avenue.

Take the right path, down the hill.

Direction Take the right path, down the hill.

Watch out! The surface is a little a bit loose and quite steep. The gradient  is 20.4% and is around 16m long.

Surface Watch out! The surface is a little a bit loose and quite steep. The gradient is 20.4% and is around 16m long.

We turned right onto the tarmac path

Direction We turned right onto the tarmac path

We turned left back onto Greenwood Avenue towards the Smith. Remember to listen for cars coming from behind you.

Direction We turned left back onto Greenwood Avenue towards the Smith. Remember to listen for cars coming from behind you.

We turned right.

Direction We turned right.

We stepped back up onto the pavement.

Step We stepped back up onto the pavement.

We walked back to The Smith Art Gallery and Museum.  You could visit the cafe if the museum is open. The Smith Gallery gave us a token to raise the barrier at the end of our walk.

End We walked back to The Smith Art Gallery and Museum. You could visit the cafe if the museum is open. The Smith Gallery gave us a token to raise the barrier at the end of our walk.

Kings Knot and the Butt Well Phototrail

 

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