Forest of Ae - Water of Ae Riverside Trail

Ae Village, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway DG1 1QB

0300 067 6900

dumfriesborders@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/forest-of-ae

Guide Last Updated: 13/03/2017

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Access Guide

  • A delightful wander along the restful Water of Ae. As the path weaves beneath soaring Norway spruce trees, watch for wildlife in the trees and burn.

  • The Water of Ae Riverside Rail

  • The trail is approximately 5.2km.

  • The nearest parking to the trail is the overflow car park.

  • The path has a compact loose chipping surface.

  • Some paths may be covered by ice or snow during the winter months.

  • There are wooden waymarker posts located along the route.

  • The Water of Ae Riverside Trail is the Yellow strip on the posts.

  • There are toilets available at the Forest of Ae - Cafe and Bike Shop.

  • Ae Forest lies close to Ae Village, just off the A701 Dumfries to Moffat road. Turn off the A701 at Ae Bridgend, following signs to Forest of Ae. You'll reach Ae Village after about 2 miles (3km). Turn right at the Forest of Ae sign at the crossroads just beyond the village, then follow signs to the car park at grid reference NX 984 894. DG1 1QB is the nearest postcode.

  • There is not a bus stop within 150 metres of the venue.

  • There are regular buses between Dumfries and Moffat, stopping at Ae Bridgend and Parkgate, both about 2 miles (3 km) from Ae Village.

  • The nearest Railway Station is Dumfries.

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness/equality training.

  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.

  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.

  • There are not mobility aids available.

  • Forestry Commission leaflets, maps and publications can be provided in alternative format, for example, in large print or in another language. For more information please contact: The Diversity Team by telephone: 0300 067 5000 or e-mail: diversity@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

  • The venue does have its own parking facilities.

  • The car park is located opposite the Forest Ae Cafe.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

  • The car park does not have a barrier control system.

  • The car park surface is tarmac.

  • There is not a/are not Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.

  • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.

  • All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.

  • There is also an overflow car park for visitors.

  • There are parking charges for the car park.

  • Parking is not free for visitors of the venue.

  • Payment signs are provided.

  • Payment signs are clearly presented.

  • Payment signs are located at the payment machines in the car park.

  • Payment term signs do make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.

  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

  • Payment machines are located throughout the car park.

  • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.

  • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).

  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.

  • The entrance is clearly visible from the car park.

  • The surface on the approach to the entrance is tarmac and concrete tiles.

  • There is a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.

  • There is tactile paving on dropped kerbs between the car park and the entrance.

  • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).

  • The Water of Ae Riverside Trail begins at the main car park.

  • There is a slight slope leading from the main car park to a road with a tarmac surface.

  • On this section of the trail caution is advised due to vehicles.

  • There is step free access along the road.

  • At the T junction turn left and follow the road.

  • There are two cattle grids located along the road.

  • These can be overcome by either parking or being dropped over at the overflow car park.

  • After the second cattle grid the trail bears left and follows the road to the overflow car park.

  • There trail passes through the woodland.

  • The venue does have its own parking facilities.

  • The car park is located off the forest road.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

  • The car park does not have a barrier control system.

  • The car park surface is tarmac.

  • There is not a/are not Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.

  • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.

  • All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.

  • There is an additional car park for visitors.

  • The additional car park is located next to the Forest of Ae - Cafe and Bike Shop.

  • There are parking charges for the car park.

  • Parking is not free for visitors of the venue.

  • Payment signs are provided.

  • Payment signs are clearly presented.

  • Payment signs are located at the payment machines in the car park.

  • Payment term signs do make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.

  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

  • Payment machines are located throughout the car park.

  • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.

  • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).

  • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).

  • From the overflow car park the trail passes through woodland.

  • The surface of this section of the path is compact loose chippings.

  • There are slight slopes located along the path.

  • The river is located on your left side and can be seen in places along the trail.

  • The path leads to a footbridge across the river.

  • There is bench seating located next to the footbridge.

  • There is a small threshold onto the bridge.

  • The bridge is wide and there is step free access along the bridge.

  • After the footbridge, this section of the trail runs in a loop around the woodland and alongside the riverside.

  • The surface of the paths is compact loose chippings.

  • There are slight slopes along the paths in places.

  • There are some short steep slopes along the paths in places.

  • There are waymarker posts located along the trail.

  • There are forest roads located in this part of the woodland.

  • The trail at points requires crossing the forest road. The roads are generally quiet but caution is advised when crossing.

  • The trail leads back to the footbridge.

  • After the footbridge follow the trail back to the overflow car park or the Forest of Ae - Cafe and Bike Shop.