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|Author: Mattreed, Published: 18 Mar 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Morayshire, Near Dyce, Aberdeen|
|A 2 mile circular forest walk with several interesting sculptures on route. The walk can be muddy so good footwear is advised. It is undulating through the forest but generally not too demanding.|
Tyrebagger is in the Forests of Moray in Aberdeenshire only a few miles from the city of Aberdeen. From the A96, take the B979 turn off south between Blackburn roundabout and Dyce roundabout. Tyrebagger has two main car parks about 250m apart, one nearer the A96 and the other a bit further on, both on the left if you are coming off the A96. This walk is written starting from the first (east) car park. By Bus - Take the 307 bus from Aberdeen to Inverurie. Ask to be let off at the crest of the hill before Blackburn, or go to Blackburn and walk back two miles (Please note the A96 is a busy dual carriageway so this is not ideal). Tyrebagger is on the Aberdeen-bound side of the carriageway, follow signs for Kirkton of Skene and the car park is 250m along this road.
|Start to Sculpture 'Beacon'|
Start point: 57.1907 lat, -2.2469 long
Start in the East car park and follow the red marker posts which can be followed around the circuit. The first sculpture you will come to is off on the right of the path up on a mound. It is called Beacon and was designed by Allan Watson. It is a simple structure made from polished steel; the stylised tree-like shape and the shiny surfaces which reflect the surrounding forest make a link with the immediate area. The ambiguous shape also refers to a variety of images associated with the North-East: the land (ploughed fields), the sea (waves), and the oil industry (a flame). The title also refers to fire, a structure for guiding, warning or marking. As trees blow in the wind, reflections create a sense of movement in the bright metal, like the flames of a hill top beacon.
|Sculpture 'Beacon' to Cave|
Start point: 57.1902 lat, -2.241 long
From the sculpture 'Beacon', head back to the path and continue onwards. About half a kilometre along you will reach a cave. You can go into this cave which is about 6 metres in length although it is unlit and muddy. A cool experience though if you have a torch to hand!
|Cave to left fork|
Start point: 57.1887 lat, -2.242 long
Continue along the path. A short distance along there is a left fork off of the main path which takes you to a bridge. It is worth taking this short diversion to the bridge and stream before returning back to the main circuit.
|Left fork to bridge|
Start point: 57.1883 lat, -2.2416 long
At the bridge, retrace your steps back to the main circuit.
|Bridge to post|
Start point: 57.1871 lat, -2.2411 long
Once back at the circuit, follow the signpost to Tyre bagger
|Post to Tyrebagger Circle|
Start point: 57.1881 lat, -2.241 long
Further along the circuit you will reach Tyrebagger Circle. This is set back to the left of the path in an area of informal and dense woodland. The sculpture is screened by the trees and remains hidden until you are opposite the entrance. The work consists of three concentric wooden fences each progressively higher and denser towards the centre. The inner fence, five metres in diameter, is above head-height and frames a circular view of the treetops above. The ultimate progression is upwards as your gaze is drawn towards the sky. The slit-like entrance to the inner space contributes to the feeling of privacy and three simple benches invite contemplation of nature.
|Tyrebagger Circle to west car park|
Start point: 57.1878 lat, -2.2424 long
Continue along the pathway past the sculpture 'Moon Pool' and past the West car park.
|West car park to End|
Start point: 57.1893 lat, -2.2531 long
...and on to the East car park and the end of the circuit.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author Mattreed and may not be reproduced without permission.
|By samsung on 18 Jul 2014|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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