Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Parking/Access: Park at the main car park (please remember to bring a £1 for parking)
Length of activity: 1 ½ miles
Duration of activity: 45 mins to 1hr (not including time for activities)
Starting at the Muiravonside main car park pass through the metal arch way (photo 1 - see bottom of page for all photos), take the path down through the wild flower meadow, keep a look out for Buzzard, Sparrow hawk and Kestrel. Passing through the community orchard (Photo 2) and turning left down the hill you might want to try *stopping at regular intervals to just close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you – the running water and maybe even the sound of a nearby Woodpecker and Starlings chattering. Can you hear where the calls are coming from?
Go down to the hill and turn left at the bottom (Photo 3) heading to the bench next to the river. Take a seat and listen to the sounds, take a moment to slow your and deepen your breathing and keep a look out for the birds on the river – you might see grey herons as well as ducks and the occasional kingfisher. Once you get comfortable with deep breathing, you can change the ratio of inhalation and exhalation to 1:2 (you slow down your exhalation so that it’s twice as long as your inhalation) this is proven to help you relax.
Continue to follow the river downstream and find the Avon Aqueduct, why not climb the steps to the canal (Photo 4) and have a look at the stunning view, a lovely spot to take a quick selfie perhaps or just take it all in. Following the steps back down to the park turn right and follow path along to the Lime kilns (photo 5) go over the bridge and follow the steps up to the top, turn right walking along the back of the farm. Walk through the woodland car park and cross the road (photo 6) following the green tracks trail way marker posts. (photo 7) At the top of the hill turn left at the way marker (photo 8) and follow the main track back down the hill (photo 9) to the drive and turn right and follow this back to the start of the walk.
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Why not explore one of the other community trust parks.