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Walking around Caerlaverock Estate

Walking

Walking around CaerlaverockMuch of Caerlaverock's best walking lies within our National Nature Reserve which was established by the 16th Duke of Norfolk in the 1950s.  It is now managed by Scottish Natural Heritage.  Visitors can wander through shady, native woodland on paths which meander past the ancient ruins of the original Caerlaverock Castle. The footprint of this building, which in its day was surrounded by sea water and accessible by boat, is well worth a detour, as is the  leafy summit of 'Wardlaw.'  Climbing to this magnificent view-point will leave you in no doubt as to why the Ancient Britons first chose this as the site of their fort and all important look-out post.

Old castle ruins at CaerlaverockIf you prefer, you can walk through the merse which echoes to the clamour of wild geese in the autumn and winter, and to the curious chorus of natterjack toads in spring. You may catch the cries of the oyster-catcher in summer or the lonely shriek of a heron. You may equally enjoy marvelling at the spangled haze of wild flowers that pepper the landscape at different times of year.

All of these experiences are accessible largely due to the creation of a network of signposted paths and board walks which lead from one point of interest to another, through beautiful countryside where the terrain and the vista are constantly changing.

Signposted pathsThe Flooders Trail

In autumn 2012 a new walking trail "The Flooders Trail" was created. (www.flooderstrail.co.uk). This has improved access to more of the Estate.  The trail begins at the newly improved and expanded "Castle Corner Carpark" and meanders through the woodland, before skirting the marshes and crossing fields leading to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. The first section of this trail is accessible to wheel chair users.

For more information visit: www.flooderstrail.co.uk

 


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