There is nothing like a woodland or riverside walk to make you feel as though the better weather is very near. It is time to start seeking out signs of Spring! We have picked out some of our favourites and also one which is new to us and well worth a visit.
Dalkeith Country Park has had a tremendous make over in the past five years and is now a "must" visit place. Wonderfully quiet bike and walking trails, a newly extended adventure playground, a locally sourced cafe and restaurant, and a shop with gorgeous things in it, it is hard not to fall a bit in love!
From the 17th March you can experience new highs in the Zip Wires at Fort Douglas.
Be warned though, we are not the only ones to have fallen a bit in love with Dalkeith Country Park and weekends and school holidays can be very busy. Best to arrive early if possible or visit at quieter times.
Vogrie, run by Midlothian Council, is often thought of as a play park but if you go past the play area and follow the paths to the river, there are some lovely peaceful walks.
There are 11.5 miles of signed countryside paths through woodlands and the Tyne Valley. There are information panels throughout the park and downloadable map and leaflets.
Gordon is a small village in the Scottish Borders with a LARGE community woodland of over 200 acres. This is almost all made up of mixed broadleaves. This wood has a pond, a cabin, a river, old burial mounds and a disused railway line, as well as lots of trees!
This is a new "find" for us and we are very excited. It is so peaceful and vast.