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Lady Mary's Walk

LOCALITY: Crieff, Perth & Kinross
DISTANCE: 3.5 miles (5.63 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
OS MAP: Perth & Kinross

Walk description:

Macrosty Park is situated on the west side of Crieff at the foot of Milnab Street. There is a large car park. From here you can set off along Lady Mary's Walk. A beautiful path along the River Earn gifted to the town by Sir Patrick Murray of Ochtertyre House.

This walk was a favourite of Lady Mary Murray, whose family were local landowners in the early 19th century. The route is one of the most popular in Perthshire and provides a peaceful stroll beside the picturesque River Earn, along an avenue of mature oak, beech, lime and sweet chestnut trees.

Some of the larger trees are in the region of 150 to 200 years old. The walk is a delight at any time of year and is particularly photogenic in the late autumn when the beech trees are a riot of rust and gold.

Herons, kingfishers, grey wagtails, oystercatchers and dippers live on the river and otters have been seen at dusk.

There are many well placed seats and viewpoints along the way - perfect for a relaxing picnic.

From the car park cross the Turret Burn by the stone bridge, then take the second road on the left. (Avoid the other path to the left which is marked Lady Mary's Walk, this approach is quite rough and has a narrow gate).

Turn left at the crossroads and follow the track that goes over the disused railway line to join the riverside path for 1� miles. The walk then swings away from the river and up a short hill, completing the circuit by returning along Laggan Road.

Lady Mary's Walk is part of the Crieff Waymarked Walks network. Comprehensive leaflet available from Crieff Tourist Information Centre.

Additional notes:

The walk became accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs when Perth and Kinross Council upgraded the surface a few years ago.

A circuit of about 3.5 miles/5.5 km is possible using the level riverside section and Laggan Road, an old drove road that runs parallel to the river. Much of the path is 3 metres wide, where it narrows the width does not drop below 2 metres. The path is well signposted.

Car parking is at Taylor Park/MacRosty Park car park which is located just 500 metres from the gate where the accessible road to Lady Mary's Walk begins.

Lady Mary's Walk is part of the Crieff Waymarked Walks network. Comprehensive leaflet available from Crieff Tourist Information Centre.

Wheelchair users can also pick up another excellent leaflet entitled `Bob Bennett WalksLady Mary's Walk`. Bob is a wheelchair user with a zest for the outdoors. He has extensively researched, audited and assessed tracks and walkways for people with disabilities.

Further details from Crieff Tourist Information Centre. Telephone number 01764 652578

09/01/2008 | Walk posted by Admin Team

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