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Quarrymill Woodland Walk

LOCALITY: New Scone, Perth & Kinross
DISTANCE: 2 miles (3.22 km)
FACILITIES: There & back, Parking, Toilets, Cafe

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
OS MAP: Perth & Kinross

Walk description:

The wooded valley at Quarrymill has three excellent waymarked walks, a wealth of natural attractions and many wheelchair accessible facilities.

In days gone by this spot was a busier, noisier and more industrious place. As the name suggests, stone was quarried here to provide building material for local houses. Watermills were erected to harness the force of the running water from the Annaty Burn and so grind bone meal, spin cotton and extract starch from potatoes.

Today, the millpond is home to mallards, moorhen and tufted ducks feasting on the ample supply of Canadian pondweed available all year round. Dippers live along the edge of the burn, so called because of their characteristic bobbing motion as they bounce in search of water insects that live under the stones.

There are around 25 species of trees and shrubs in the Park, many of which are native to Scotland. In spring bluebells carpet the woodland floor beneath the old beech trees and red squirrels can be seen throughout the year making good use of the cones from the Scots pines.

The trees were planted in the 1930�s by eminent local businessman and philanthropist Arthur Kinmond Bell of Bell�s Whisky fame.

MacMillan Cancer Relief cafe/ shop at start of walk. Walk leaflets available from the shop. Both the Millpond walk (1.2k) and the Millstone walk (750m) are wooded walks, which start from the cafe. The main path slopes gently and goes into New Scone.

Additional notes:

There are two main paths, which are well sign posted and have been specially laid out for wheelchair users. They are hard packed gravel. There are resting places along the route. There is also a purpose built viewing platform built out over the pond. There are many species of wild flowers, trees and shrubs, ducks, moorhens and other wildlife. There is a disabled toilet in the cafe and adequate designated parking.

Both routes run beside the waters of the Annaty Burn, with the south side route continuing on a gentle slope through pleasant countryside to the suburb of Scone (2miles/3 km) (Note: The gate beside Scone Church is suitable for wheelchair users but may be too narrow for motorised scooters)

Car parking is at the entrance to the Woodland Park (just off the A93 shortly before arriving at the entrance for Scone Palace).

Quarrymill Caf� is also at the entrance to the park and is open for snacks and refreshments from May to September. It is closed on Sundays, all year round.

Wheelchair users can also pick up an excellent leaflet entitled `Bob Bennett Walks - Quarrymill 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 Perth Tourist Information Centre. Telephone 01738 450600.

09/01/2008 | Walk posted by Jan McDonald

Walks With Buggies User Reviews

Quarry Mill Woodland Park

16/03/2008 | Reviewed by patricia martin

This is a lovely walk which we took because we thought it would be suitable for people with mobility problems.
However, the start of the walk, whichever path you take, is a bit uphill to start with. The path to the right,
which is the one we followed is a bit hard on the legs if you have any mobility problems. The path to the left
is easier to start with, but looks harder at the beginning because there are various sets of steps leading up
the side of the hill to the harder climbs. After the part of the walk, the path on the right becomes easier
and the whole walk is very nice - trees, birds, a burn, pond etc. etc. Having said that, were I to have been
pushing a wheelchair, or in a wheelchair pushing myself, I would have found the start quite tiring - and parts
of the path, even further on, would rattle your teeth. You have to be careful which route you pick if you have
any mobility problems or a chair to push. All in all, though, a very nice walk. The cafe is open on a Sunday
from April to October (but you can check this at the entrance).