Crombie Country Park, Monikie, Angus DD5 3QL |
Tel: 01241 860 360 (Rangers’ Office) |
Getting there |
Best by car, especially from the Angus outskirts of Dundee, but there is no public transport.
There is a honesty box for a 1.50 GBP parking fee, otherwise everything is free.
Best for: fair weather days
Addition Information |
Bring your wellies!
Parts of the park are wheelchair accessible, and the whole circuit is fine for pushchairs and – of course – bikes.
Nice country park, good easy walk round the loch
I really like Crombie! It’s a country park created around a loch that used to be a Dundee water reservoir, but has now been a public country park for many years. It’s not a terribly developed place, which I like about it as, despite being just a “country park” it maintains a semi-wild feel.
Essentially, Crombie consists of a small loch and a network of paths around it. The main path round the loch starts at the car park and is around 3 miles long (the full circuit). Most of the path is in the woodland, and there are several stops with information boards as well as a few bird and other wildlife watching hides. Most trees are pretty young, but some have developed into interesting shapes, and there are numerous birds on the loch. Crombie is home to red squirrels, roe deer, Green and Great-Spotted Woodpeckers, thoguh don’t go there promising anyone that you’ll see them – that’s a guaranteed ‘no-show’ situation.
On the more cultivated side of the loch there is a ranger station, toilets, a decent if a bit aged wooden adventure playpark and tarmac paths accessible to wheelchairs. It’s not unique by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a pleasant place for a short walk in a nice environment.
There are 3 sets of toilets dotted throughout the park. The ones near the car park and near the main lodge are dully wheel chair accessible. The third set, near the playpark, is not. All have cold running water and paper towels for drying your hands.
You can get a hot drink (tea / coffee / soup) from the vending machine in the Rangers’ Office, but otherwise bring your own food. There are picnic tables near the playpark as well as a barbecue area, but on the loch circuit there is only one picnic table – big competition for it on nice summer days, so bring a blanket! The barbeque area is availale all year round, but large parties should book the space in advance.
Original review & image by M. Healey