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Duchess Wood: For Recreation 

Recreation Activities in Duchess Wood 
 
Duchess Wood is used for a variety of quiet, recreation activities that include:
  • Walking with or without a dog(s)
  • Running
  • Wildlife observing
  • Mountain biking
  • Horse riding
  • Playing
Please remember to leave nothing but footprints in Duchess Wood and above all to enjoy your time spent in a beautiful wood!
 
Duchess Wood in Spring

 

Walks In and Around Duchess Wood
 
Duchess Wood and the surrounding area offer walks over different terrain and that range in their level of difficulty*.
 
Walks in Duchess Wood:
  • Lower Duchess Wood Walk - distance approximately 0.5 km (0.3 mile). This walk is on an all-ability path suitable for wheel-chairs and push-chairs with little to no gradient.
  • Duchess Wood Loop - distance approximately 1 km (0.6 mile). This walk takes you into the upper regions of the wood following distinct paths of varying steepness. This walk is of medium difficulty because of the hills. Providing the purpose-built paths are stuck to, the ground underfoot is reasonably firm. However, there are muddy areas, depending on the weather and waterproof footwear is advised.
Walks from Duchess Wood:
 
Duchess Wood can also be the starting and finishing point for a number of other, longer walks, such as:
  • Duchess Wood to Hill House - distance approximately 2.5 km. This walk is of medium difficulty because of the hills, but the footpaths are mostly well maintained and reasonably firm underfoot. Sturdy, waterproof footwear is recommended after rain.
  • Duchess Wood to Rhu Marina - distance approximately 2.5 km. This walk is of medium difficulty because of the hills. This walk takes you over well maintained paths and stony track, both of which are reasonably firm underfoot, but can be wet in places. Sturdy, waterproof footwear is recommended after rain.
  • Duchess Wood to Glen Fruin** or Tom na-h-Airidh**. These are difficult walks, which are very wet and boggy, even after prolonged dry spells. Waterproof boots and clothing are recommended.
Details of these walks can be downloaded here: Walks_Duchess_Wood.doc
 
*Level of difficulty is subjective.
**Details of these walks will be provided in the near future.
 
The all-ability path 
 
 
Dog walkers enjoying Duchess Wood
 
Running in Duchess Wood 
 
 
 
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Last updated: 09 March 2015