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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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The All Abilities Trail can be started from Mabie Forest Car Park in Mabie Forest which is part of Forests of the Solway Coast. There are a couple of sustained gradients involved in this trail. However, benches are placed regularly along the route, so there's plenty of places to stop and rest. The trail contains lots of interesting wooden sculptures, fruit trees and a herbaceous area. Accessible toilets are also located close to the car park at the start of the trail.

Surveyed by: Joe Penfold, February 2012 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 0.4 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: Yes
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: Yes

Full Profile

Mabie Forest Car Park is in Mabie Forest which is part of Forests of the Solway Coast.
From Dumfries, follow the A710 New Abbey road. The forest is signposted four miles south of Dumfries.

Direction Mabie Forest Car Park is in Mabie Forest which is part of Forests of the Solway Coast. From Dumfries, follow the A710 New Abbey road. The forest is signposted four miles south of Dumfries.

Continue up the drive. At this junction bear right.

Direction Continue up the drive. At this junction bear right.

Bear right here.

Direction Bear right here.

Accessible parking is made available in a separate area, located nearest the forest trail.

Blue Badge parking bays Accessible parking is made available in a separate area, located nearest the forest trail.

Follow the blue and white way marking posts. The trail leads in an anti-clockwise direction.

Start Follow the blue and white way marking posts. The trail leads in an anti-clockwise direction.

Th available width of the path is approximately 1.2m. The surface is well-compacted, but rather bumpy in places.

Surface Th available width of the path is approximately 1.2m. The surface is well-compacted, but rather bumpy in places.

A informal seat is located on the first bend in the path.

Seat A informal seat is located on the first bend in the path.

The path had a  cross gradient of 5% at this point.

Gradient The path had a cross gradient of 5% at this point.

A bench is located next to the path, near the stream. Wheelchair users may find it difficult to access due to a lack of hard surfacing.

Seat A bench is located next to the path, near the stream. Wheelchair users may find it difficult to access due to a lack of hard surfacing.

Continue straight on over the stream.

Direction Continue straight on over the stream.

An uphill gradient of 11% was recorded here.

Gradient An uphill gradient of 11% was recorded here.

The uphill gradient continues for about 15m.

Gradient The uphill gradient continues for about 15m.

The gradient levels off next to this old Sequoia. Turn right.

Direction The gradient levels off next to this old Sequoia. Turn right.

An information board stands next to the Sequoia.

Information An information board stands next to the Sequoia.

View of the Sequoia.

View View of the Sequoia.

A picnic bench stands at the T-junction. This has sections removed to accommodate wheelchairs.

Seat A picnic bench stands at the T-junction. This has sections removed to accommodate wheelchairs.

Proceed uphill past a willow arch.

Direction Proceed uphill past a willow arch.

A sustained gradient (10% max) leads uphill, extending over about 30m.

Gradient A sustained gradient (10% max) leads uphill, extending over about 30m.

Wooden sculptures are placed alongside the trail.

Feature of Interest Wooden sculptures are placed alongside the trail.

The gradient continues.

Gradient The gradient continues.

A switchback minimises the uphill gradient. A picnic bench has been placed on the corner.

Seat A switchback minimises the uphill gradient. A picnic bench has been placed on the corner.

The gradient levels off. Continue straight on.

Direction The gradient levels off. Continue straight on.

 

Path

The path now enters a sensory garden.

Information The path now enters a sensory garden.

Various raised planters are placed in this area.

Feature of Interest Various raised planters are placed in this area.

Wooden sculptures are placed alongside the trail.

Feature of Interest Wooden sculptures are placed alongside the trail.

Wooden sculptures are placed alongside the trail.

Feature of Interest Wooden sculptures are placed alongside the trail.

The path now leads downhill.

Direction The path now leads downhill.

A bench is situated half way down the slope.

Seat A bench is situated half way down the slope.

The path winds its was down taking two switchbacks.

Path The path winds its was down taking two switchbacks.

 

Gradient

At this T-junction, take a left.

Direction At this T-junction, take a left.

Continue straight on.

Direction Continue straight on.

Retrace your footsteps past the Sequoia and bench.

Direction Retrace your footsteps past the Sequoia and bench.

To reach the toilets go uphill (gradient of 6%) on the tarmac path.

Gradient To reach the toilets go uphill (gradient of 6%) on the tarmac path.

Bear left to the toilet block.

Direction Bear left to the toilet block.

 

Accessible toilets

 

Accessible toilets

The surface of the path can become muddy during periods of rain.

Surface The surface of the path can become muddy during periods of rain.

Three benches are located here.

Seat Three benches are located here.

Mabie Wood Phototrail

 

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Accessibility Info Amenities Info Facilities Info Features Info Way Finding Info
Barrier
Clearance
Gate
Gradient
Obstacle
Seat
Step
Surface
Visibility
Width
Accessible toilets
Blue Badge parking bays
CarPark
Public Transport
Toilets
Bird Hide
Boating
Cafe
Fishing
Museum & Heritage
Shelter
Viewing Platform
Visitor Centre
Water  Sports Centre
Wildlife
Feature of Interest
Information
View
Direction
End
Path
Start

 

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Vertical Profile

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