Gartmorn Dam Country Park and The Devon Way

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At the southern foot of the scenic Ochil Hills, in the little county of Clackmannanshire, lies Scotland's oldest artificial reservoir, dating from 1713 and much favoured by wildfowl. Winter visitors include whooper swans, greylag geese, pochard, teal and wigeon. This flat and easy walk circumvents the reservoir, centrepiece of Gartmorn Dam Country Park, before joining part of The Devon Way along the course of a former railway track. For an optional short detour visit Sauchie Tower, a mediaeval tower house currently being surveyed with a view to restoration. The walk then re-enters Sauchie and passes the Mansefield Arms public house before returning to the country park.

Scotland - Central Scotland - Clackmannan - Ochil Hills

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
31/08/2013 - Duncan Grey

Very pleasant and undemanding walk. The reservoir was very low when I was there and the walk around it is a very easy 3 miles on good tracks. The route then goes off into fields, woodland, old railway tracks and finally housing estate, which makes a slightly disappointing end to the walk. So I'd agree that going to the Mansfield Arms is a good way to finish!

06/06/2010 - Jacqueline Coulson

Don't 'pass' the Mansfield Arms, as per the instructions. Go in! The dish of the day is a three course meal served until 4.30pm and costing £4.75. A real bargain and delicious. In fact, we couldn't manage all three courses. And they have their own microbrewery, making Devon Ales. The walk itself is great and the ruins of the old coal mine very interesting.

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