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

Route Filmstrip & Description

A public bridleway along the edge of the Blackborough ridge with good views of the lower Culm valley and abundant rhododendron blooms in season. There is a small level car park for use by visitors. A bridleway gate gives access to the wood, but the latch is designed for horse riders and a lone wheelchair user may find it tricky to operate. The gate, when fully open provides an opening of 1.2m, but a raised bank on one side narrows the flat path width to 1m at this point when the gate is open. The path is well surfaced and drained and mainly less than 1 in 20, but in places there is a slight cross-path slope for drainage and occasionally there is an accumulation of larger stones and leaves, which may cause a little inconvenience to wheelchair users. There is a short section of 1 in 10, but this is quite far down the route. There are no obstacles or barriers along the route itself, but there is a quad bike barrier at the far end and there are no seats. Phototrail funded by the Blackdown Hills AONB Sustainable Development Fund and the Woodland Trust.

Surveyed by: kate west, February 2012 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 2More Information
Distance: 1.9 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: There is a small level car park that is not tarmaced.
Steps: No
Barriers: The route itself is barrier-free, but there is a quad bike barrier formed from a railway sleeper across the far end of the path.
Toilets: No

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CarPark

 

Gate

 

Gate

The gate does not swing fully back and there is an earth bank that restricts the width of flat path to 1m at this point with the gate open.  Wider access can be gained by closing the gate before proceeding.

Width The gate does not swing fully back and there is an earth bank that restricts the width of flat path to 1m at this point with the gate open. Wider access can be gained by closing the gate before proceeding.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

 

View

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

Short section (20m) of 1 in 10 gradient.

Gradient Short section (20m) of 1 in 10 gradient.

 

Path

The surface of the path at this point can be less than ideal due to fallen leaves collecting here and beyond this point there are some gradients of up to 1 in 13.

Surface The surface of the path at this point can be less than ideal due to fallen leaves collecting here and beyond this point there are some gradients of up to 1 in 13.

This is the end of the route and you must either turn back or arrange a lift from this end of the path!

Barrier This is the end of the route and you must either turn back or arrange a lift from this end of the path!

Rhododendron Wood Phototrail

 

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Clearance
Gate
Gradient
Obstacle
Seat
Step
Surface
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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
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