Trying not to waste a lovely sunny day off together, we became tourists in our own area and searched out something new to do, somewhere we hadn’t been before. We moved to Angus over 4 years ago but haven’t fully explored because babies, work, life and all the other excuses!
We wanted to find somewhere reasonably close, inexpensive, and family and dog friendly, and Crombie Country Park sounded perfect. We picked up the girls after nursery and headed straight there.
Having done our research online beforehand, we knew that the car park had a £2.80 parking fee. This is manned from April to September but there’s an honesty box outwith this period, and there was plenty of space.
Our girls are brilliant walkers so weren’t phased by the 4km trail, but the route is flat and smooth so great if you’re cycling, taking a buggy or need wheelchair access. There are accessible toilets and baby changing facilities too.
We walked the yellow route which passes by the playpark quite early but can quite easily be avoided if you head up onto the bank of the reservoir. We had planned to visit after the walk but ran out of time, so it’s just as well the girls didn’t spot it!
It wasn’t long until we were surrounded by trees. I had bought the girls two new Usborne books; “Trees To Spot” and “Flowers To Spot”, which help you to identify the species and, once you’ve found them, you place the matching sticker to a grid at the back of the book. My knowledge of these things isn’t great, so I think I learnt as much as they did!
Although we didn’t spot much wildlife apart from ducks you might be lucky enough to see red squirrels or roe deer and there are hides for bird-watchers.
There are however, plenty of things to see on your way around, including a bit of history on Beaker people and Guildymuir pendicle, a wee smallholding on the grounds.
Aside from the usual walks, you can go geocaching or angling, and they also host special events including orienteering, guided walks and activities during school holidays. You can even book the marquee for birthdays or weddings!
Find out more about Crombie Country Park on the Visit Scotland or Angus Alive websites.
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