The Lochore Recreational Route

   
GRADE Easy Recreational
   
UPDATED December 2001

 

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The Lochore Recreational Route A short venture off the Kingdom Cycle Route.


This route is unusual among the Green Recreational Routes as it is a linear or a “there and back” type route.
Passing through Blairadam Forest and the villages of Keltybridge and Mary- burgh, the Lochore Cycle Route ends at the headquarters of the Lochore Meadows Country Park.

The route branches off the unlisted road which passes through Blairadam Forest. Keen-eyed cycling "anoraks" would have spotted the signing error as both directions of the Kingdom CR. have green diamonds instead of the proper red diamond design.

Assuming you are heading north, turn right and go around the first of several gates, this one is better circumvented to the left. Continue along the forest road to the next gate, there is no alternative to going around to the right, watch out as the ditch is not too far away.

The road has suffered badly due to recent forest operations, be warmed to the fact that at one time the mud was a foot deep in places, I know because I wore most of it! Today it is not too bad though the road can be covered in puddles. Continue along the forest road, watch for the road surface changing to a broken tarred surface - a partially hidden gate awaits you shortly after. Go around the gate and continue straight on towards to motorway underpass. Watch out for the final forestry gate across the entrance to the underpass, the only way around this gate is very muddy. Some local artists have spent some time painting a mural on the walls of the underpass, slow down and admire their work. Continue past the entrance to the farm, over the burn and all the way down to the bottom of the road.

The signing at this point of the route in Keltybridge is problematic, turn left and go up the short hill, entering Maryburgh shortly afterwards.

The village was one of the first planned villages, originally intended as a mining village was known as Blair Crambeth, but William Adam the architect (architect to King George I) named the village after his wife, Mary Robertson. A change was made to the route shortly after its inception the route used to turn right and down the avenue to the B996 but for some reason the signs were removed and the route redirected through Maryburgh. There still is not an obvious reason why you cannot use the avenue, it is a little bumpy in places but no worse than the forest road through Blairadam.

After Maryburgh the route comes to a cross roads, follow the road to the right and down to the B996. Note: Because the route was redirected, there are no signposts at this junction. (I am informed that signs will be in place soon...) Turn right and then left after the farm onto the western access road for the "Meadies."

Follow the road all the way to the car park at the end of the road. Go around the gate and continue on the road. A choice of routes: turn right and follow the track along the shore of the loch or carry straight on, around the next gate and turn right at the winding tower for the Mary Pit, through the gate and down to the loch side. Both routes lead to the park head quarters and the end of the route. My personal preference is to use the road and go down by the pit head.

and that's all folks!

Wallace

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