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Den of Alyth

LOCALITY: Alyth, Perth & Kinross
DISTANCE: Less than 1 mile (1.61km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs

GRADIENT: A few ups & downs
OS MAP: Perth & Kinross

Walk description:

This is a pleasant walk through the deep-set glen of the Alyth Burn in mixed woodland.

The walk starts on the west side Market Square, leading out of the square up Bamff Road and crossing Alyth Burn. Stay on this road as it curves to the left, past a large sawmill where you turn left through the gates of the Den of Alyth.

Den is from the Scots dialect meaning `wooded glen`. The Den of Alyth has several walks of varying length through the deep, shady glen of the Alyth Burn amongst mixed open woodland.

Designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the Den is notable for being naturally seeded and directly descended from the original deciduous woodland that once covered great swathes of lowland Scotland.

As well as being a quiet place to walk the Den is a place to rest, picnic and watch the varied wildlife. Oak, ash and birch trees are home to small birds like treecreepers and great tits, while dippers and grey wagtails live by the waterside.

There are three car parks at different locations, a picnic area and some play facilities at the southern end. One of the walking trails at the eastern end of the Den has been upgraded to provide approximately � mile/1km of fully accessible paths giving access to the riverside, through woodlands and open spaces.

There is one slope leading to and from the car park, but flat resting points have been built into the pathway to allow for stopping.

Additional notes:

The paths are now a minimum of 1.5 metres wide (with many sections nearer 2 metres) on a smooth hard surface suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and a range of other disabilities.

They form a circular route either from the car park or from the pedestrian gateway from the pavement leading from Alyth town centre.

Further details from Blairgowrie Tourist Information Centre. Telephone 01250 872960

09/01/2008 | Walk posted by Admin Team

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