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Fungi in Parkhill Wood.

Lots of fungi and autumn colours to see now in Parkhill Wood

Fungi in Parkhill Wood

If you go for a walk in Parkhill Wood at Lochwinnoch at the moment then you won’t miss the autumn

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Community woodland, and popular place for dog walkers– trails can be muddy. Longer trails go into Ladymuir Plantation and on to the rough and often boggy access route to Windy Hill and Muirshiel Visitor Centre and Country Park.

Look out for wildlife such as roe deer, black and red grouse.

Please note the car park at Locherwood is very small if it is busy please come back another time and do not park over the access road into the wood or in the single track road leading to Ladymuir House.  Access is required at all times by residents.

Click for a walk guide courtesy of walkhighlands.co.uk

Trails

Locherwood Trail – 2km

Green posts mark the route of this 2km circular walk. Most of the walk is on unsurfaced and grassy paths, it can get a little bit muddy in places especially after heavy rainfall. Most of the trees around this route are still young so the woodland still feels very open and gives you good views of the surrounding
countryside.

Walking the Locherwood trail you will notice that there are areas where trees have not been planted, these open spaces are important for wild flowers. If you visit Locherwood during June or July you may see butterfly orchids or spignel in bloom, both these plants are locally uncommon and are included in the Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

Ladymuir Trail – 7km

Blue posts mark the route of the 7km circular walk. This walk starts and finishes in Locherwood and takes you through the commercial conifer plantation of Ladymuir.
The route follows the rides, wide linear open spaces through woodland, and the forest road. The ground can be rough and uneven in places and parts of the trail can be very boggy, so walking boots are recommended for this route.

Link route to Muirshiel

This is a moorland walk with no set route or waymarkers to Windy Hill or Muirshiel.
Take care over the uneven ground, walking boots are best for this walk, and as with all hill walks it’s recommended you take a OS map and compass.

Walk along to Castle Hill to see the Iron Age Hill Fort or enjoy the off road access to Largs, downhill through Douglas Park. Longer walking routes around Largs, if you have suitable hill walking equipment include the Gogo Water and Greeto Falls.

Find Us

Address:
Off A760, approx 1 mile east from
junction with A78, Largs,
North Ayrshire
OS Landranger 63 NS 215 582

By train:
Glasgow Central to Largs. The station is 3km from the site, from the station walk along the coast towards the Pencil Monument, turning right up May Street and go up through Douglas Park. Click here (http://www.ayrshirepaths.org.uk/walklargs.htm) for route information.

By bus:
Various buses pass by, check with operator if they will stop at ‘Haylie Brae Viewpoint’

By car:
On A760 Lochwinoch to Largs road, 2.5 km from junction with A78 in Largs.

 

 

 

Stop at Glen Burn to enjoy the short walk down to the waterfall or walk to Diamond Hill to see the cup and ring marked rock. Longer walking routes in the area include Baidland Hill (336m) – a good local vantage point and way marked walking routes around Dalry.

Find Us

Address:
Single track road, off B780 east of Dalry
and A78(T) south of Fairlie,
North Ayrshire
OS Landranger 63 NS 215 523

By train:
Glasgow Central to Dalry (Ardossan/Ayr line). Follow the sign posts for Baidland Hill to join the Moor Road. More info here.

By car:
Take the A737 to Dalry and turn onto the B780 after 2km turn right onto Wingfaulds Road just after the cemetery, this is the start of the single track moor road

 

 

 

Opening Hours

Car park and trails are open. The Visitor Centre is closed but toilets are open daily 9.15am – 4pm.

Find Us

Address:
Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, Cornalees Bridge, Loch Thom,
Near Greenock, Inverclyde  PA16 9LX. Telephone: 01475 521 458/ 01475 529 543.
For how to find us see Directions to Greenock Cut

Outdoor Learning

Greenock Cut has an indoor and outdoor classroom facilities and a mixed range of habitats for younger and older children to investigate.

Outdoor Activities

Great walking, cycling and wildlife opportunities surround the Centre, plus the wild land around the Centre makes it perfect for adventures by Duke of Edinburgh or our land navigation courses.

On Site

TripAdvisor

Tracks, trails and car parks are open all day, every day.

Top 5 To Do’s

  1. Do the Greenock Cut, the 12km circular sign posted route is rated as one of the top 50 walks in Scotland.
  2. Take the children Wood Spirit Hunting round the 3km Nature Trail in Shielhill Glen
  3. View the interactive Greenock Cut exhibition that explains Robert Thom’s 1820’s engineering.
  4. Climb Dunrod Hill for panoramic views of the Clyde and the Isles
  5. Join the Rangers on an event or talk to them about organising your own event on site.

Also onsite:

  • Countryside Ranger Service provide an environmental education programme and offer advice about local walking and cycling routes and wildlife.
  • History and Heritage: Aircraft Crashes – see an old engine onsite and download the fact sheet in the History section.
  • Events and outdoor activities – look on the events/courses pages for details
  • The Visitor Centre with refreshments and small gift shop is open at weekends in summer and by arrangement year round providing information on what to do and see.
  • The Special Protection Area runs south of the site because there has been an international important breeding population of hen harriers.

Opening Hours

Muirshiel’s tracks, trails and car park are open daily. Toilets are open daily. The Visitor Centre is currently closed.

Find Us

Address:
Muirshiel Visitor Centre & Country Park, Calderside Road
Near Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, PA12 4LB Tel: 01505 842 803
For how to find us see Directions to Muirshiel

 

 

Top 5 To Do’s

  1. Climb a volcano – a family friendly 1km walk up Windy Hill going up through mixed woodland before heading over the moor.
  2. Have a picnic, there are beautiful spots on site by the river and under the trees.
  3. Spot the owl carving near Orblis hill or run through the willow tunnels on one of the woodland trails.
  4. Watch for birds on the Visitor Centre feeders or enjoy a family friendly event with the Countryside Rangers – advanced booking on event days essential.
  5. Hunt for the Muirshiel Forest Folk or do the Insect Hunt and improve you ID skills.

Also onsite:

  • History and Heritage: The Shooting Estate – download the factsheet and or look for the remains of the 1920’s grouse railway (NS 303 674), built to transport shooting parties on to the moor
  • History and Heritage: Barytes Mine – download the factsheet for walk out over the moor along the Mine Track to the remains of the barytes mine (NS 292 648).
  • Events and outdoor activities – look on the events/courses pages for details
  • Special Protection Area surrounds the Country Park because there has been an international important breeding population of hen harriers.

 

Outdoor Learning

The woodland and heather moorland of Muirshiel provide great access for school trips and families to find out more about local wildlife and their habitats.

TripAdvisor

Opening Hours

Car park and trails are open daily. Toilets open Thurs – Mon 9am-4.30pm, Tues & Wed 10am-3pm.

Find Us

Address:
Cloch Road, near Gourock,
Inverclyde PA19 1BB.
For how to find us see Directions to Lunderston Bay

Outdoor Learning

Lunderston’s rockpools are home to an array of creatures! The Greenock Cut Ranger Service lead school and other educational groups here plus fun summer events for all the family.

Outdoor Activities

Clyde Muirshiel’s instructors can meet your group and launch from Lunderston, or simply relax by the seaside at Glasgow’s nearest sandy beach.

On Site

Top 5 To Do’s

  1. Build a sandcastle on the beach and take a picture, share online using #clydemuirshiel
  2. Enjoy a coastal walk watching out for the wildlife and the boats as you go along.
  3. Come by bike -Sustrans cycle route 75 Gourock to Inverkip passes through the site.
  4. Join the Rangers to go rockpool dipping or help them with a Beach Clean
  5. Keep your dog away from the ‘Dog Free Zone’ – see the map

Also onsite:

  • Toilets – open daily
  • Marine Conservation Society Good Beach guide information
  • Bathing water quality is monitored by SEPA, last year the water quality was ‘excellent’, click here for latest information.
  • Regular patrols by Regional Park staff and Countryside Rangers.
  • Events and outdoor activities – look on the events/courses pages for details
  • History and Heritage
  • Great wildlife watching especially of seabirds

TripAdvisor

Opening Hours

Car park, walks and trails open all day every day.
Cafe will resume for takeaway on Tuesday 27th April, 11am-4pm daily, closed 1-1.30pm. Toilets open 11am-4pm daily.

Find Us

Address:
Castle Semple Visitor Centre and Country Park, Lochlip Road.
Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, PA12 4EA. Telephone: 01505 842 882
For how to find us see Directions to Castle Semple

Outdoor Activities

From high heather moor, woodland glen and rocky shoreline or freshwater loch there are many formal and informal outdoor learning opportunities.

For more information, visit our “Outdoor Activities” section.

Top 5 To Do’s

  1. Find a lookooterie or two on the Semple Trail
  2. Walk (or cycle) the 4km Johnshill Loop taking in Parkhill Wood and the lochside.
  3. Visit by bicycle! The Centre is on Sustrans off road cycle route 7 Glasgow – Irvine. Seasonal Bike Hire also available on site
  4. Feed the ducks or enjoy a family friendly Event with the Countryside Rangers – advanced booking on event days essential.
  5. Enjoy a coffee or an ice-cream and the lovely view from the Visitor Centre Café.

Also onsite

  • Outdoor Activity Group Taster Sessions and Courses – advanced booking essential
  • Semple Estate Historic Map & Exhibition – please phone in advance to check access if coming specifically for this.
    Local Clubs such as Rowing, Sailing, Kayaking, Windsurfing and Fishing
  • Fishing Permits – Permits for coarse (non-migratory) fishing on Castle Semple Loch are available from the Visitor Centre. The loch has perch, pike and roach. Eels can also be caught. Local clubs St Winnoch Angling Club or Castle Angling Club can give you more information on boats and have the rights for migratory species such as salmon and trout. Local fisheries include Howwood. See the club Fishing FAQ.

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