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Torry Burn Local Nature Reserve

LOCALITY: Culross, Fife
DISTANCE: 3 miles (4.83 km)
FACILITIES:

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
TERRAIN: Easy
OS MAP: Falkirk, Cumbernauld & Livingston

Walk description:

Park in the car park in Low Valleyfield.This is one of the most popular walks in the area, and offers spectacular views across the River Forth to Bo'ness and all the way along to the Forth Bridges.

The Torry Bay Local Nature Reserve (LNR) route to Preston Island , from Low Valleyfield, is a circular one. The LNR, established in 1996, stretches from Longannet Power Station to beyond Comrie Point.

The mud flats provide an abundance of food for the birds, such as shelduck and dunlin that overwinter at Torry Bay . The ash lagoons are reclaimed land, created from the coal burning operations at Longannet Power Statiom. The ash is mixed with water and pumped along pipes to the artificial lagoons - now a haven for wildlife.

Preston Island , although no longer surrounded by water, features several well-maintained ruins of early 19th century industrial use. A coal mine, established by Sir Robert Preston, was shut following an explosion, but the buildings were later to accommodate an illicit distillery.


Additional notes:

There are various flat and wide, easily-accessible routes along and through the reserve to suit everyone, including wheelchair and scooter users.


04/10/2009 | Walk posted by Jan McDonald

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