Lomond Hills Regional Park

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SECTION ONE

Maspie Den and Yad waterfall


Maspie Den is an interesting and fairly easy walk to what can be, if conditions are right, a spectacular waterfall. It is possible to walk behind the waterfall passing underneath a huge overhang of sandstone which must weigh many tonnes. The lower reaches of this route pass through an area which is very popular with mountain bikers who make use of what can be a confusing array of paths, tracks and old estate roads but the path to the waterfall is obvious and the higher it goes the narrower and rougher it gets until Maspie Den becomes a deep, heavily-vegetated defile cutting through the hillside. The path crosses the Maspie Burn several times by wooden footbridges and passes through a tunnel which is pitch dark in the middle. There is an alternative path which bypasses the tunnel.

The head of Maspie Den and the Yad Waterfall can also be accessed from a path which comes from the car park at Craigmead or by several rather indistinct paths which leave the minor road between Falkland and Leslie.

NO2407 : Path on Falkland Estate by Bill Kasman
The main estate road from the Centre for Stewardship NO2407 : Falkland Centre for Stewardship reaches this junction after about a quarter of a mile. The turning to the left eventually leads to the Tyndall-Bruce Monument on Blackhill, near West Lomond. Just before the turning is a footpath to Maspie Den and the Yad waterfall - a curiosity in that it is possible to walk behind the waterfall. This is one of two possible starts to the Maspie Den path from the estate road. The road straight ahead continues for some distance to serve the estate.
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NO2407 : Direction sign to Maspie Den carved into rock, Falkland by Bill Kasman
Just a few yards from this start to the Maspie Den path NO2407 : Path on Falkland Estate can be found this older one. The burn is the Maspie Burn which flows down Maspie Den.
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NO2407 : Path to Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This is the beginning of the path from the road which runs past the Centre for Stewardship on Falkland Estate NO2407 : Path on Falkland Estate.
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NO2407 : Footbridge on path to Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This is one of quite a few footbridges on the path to the Yad waterfall at the head of Maspie Den. They all cross the Maspie Burn which flows down the den.
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NO2407 : Steps on path to Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
These wooden steps leave the path and climb to a point from where a view of the House of Falkland (originally the estate house and latterly a residential school) can be had. You may climb to the top of the steps but no further - it is private ground beyond that point.
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NO2407 : Falkland House by Bill Kasman
This is the view of the House of Falkland from the top of these steps in Maspie Den NO2407 : Steps on path to Maspie Den, Lomond Hills.
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NO2407 : Path to Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The path splits here. It doesn't matter which way you choose to go - through the arch on the right or up and over to the right of the bridge - the paths join again a little further on. The Maspie Burn flows through the arch on the left. The bridge carries a rough road which was once one of the ways to reach Falkland House.
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NO2307 : Tunnel on Maspie Den Path, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This tunnel is one possible route for walkers to take when following the path up Maspie Den. It's about 20 metres in length and is slightly curved - when you're in the middle of the tunnel you can't see either end and it's pitch dark! A torch is recommended but for the adventurous a hand on the wall will guide you safely through. It's possible to bypass the tunnel by climbing a rough path through the trees to its right.
See also this image NO2407 : Inside the scary tunnel! and this one NO2407 : Flash photo inside the scary tunnel!
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NO2407 : Inside the scary tunnel! by Bill Kasman
This is what it looks like from inside the tunnel on the path to Maspie Den NO2307 : Tunnel on Maspie Den Path, Lomond Hills.
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NO2407 : Flash photo inside the scary tunnel! by Bill Kasman
This is a flash photograph of the inside of the tunnel on the path to Maspie Den NO2307 : Tunnel on Maspie Den Path, Lomond Hills.
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NO2307 : Path near Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This is one of several low-level paths which branch off the path to Maspie Den NO2407 : Path to Maspie Den, Lomond Hills. The sign on the rock indicates that this one leads down to the stables, now the Centre for Stewardship.
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NO2407 : Old estate road, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
On the minor road between Falkland and Leslie a few metres uphill from where Fauld Road joins it NO2407 : Fauld Road, Lomond Hills this old estate road branches off to the right. It is an alternative access point for the path up Maspie Den and is often used by those who start their walk at Lomondside Cottage NO2506 : Path junction near Lomondside Cottage, Falkland.
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NO2307 : Direction sign to Maspie Den carved into rock, Falkland by Bill Kasman
There is an often confusing network of low-level paths, tracks, cycle routes and old estate roads in the area of Maspie Den few of which are of any use when it comes to climbing the hills. Fortunately, the park authority have placed direction signs such as this one at strategic locations and path junctions to aid those unfamiliar with the area.
See Lomond Hills Regional Park article Link
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NO2307 : Archway under bridge, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The path up Maspie Den passes through this archway under a bridge which carries an old estate road (not open to public vehicles). There is an alternative path up a slight incline some metres to the right of the archway NO2307 : Old estate road, Lomond Hills.
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NO2307 : Dodgy bridge! by Bill Kasman
Not all the wooden footbridges on the Maspie Den path are in good condition. This one is in the archway under the bridge in this image NO2307 : Archway under bridge, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills.
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NO2307 : Old estate road, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This is the old road which is carried by the bridge in this image NO2307 : Archway under bridge, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills. It continues for some distance before turning downhill to join the road which runs past the Centre for Stewardship. The path to Maspie Den crosses the road here or, alternatively, passes underneath it.
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NO2307 : Old estate road, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
Taken from the same position as this image NO2307 : Old estate road, Lomond Hills but looking in the opposite direction. This road starts from the minor road between Falkland and Leslie NO2407 : Old estate road, Lomond Hills and is another way to access the path up Maspie Den. It is popular with mountain bikers.
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NO2307 : Path to Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
As the path progresses upwards Maspie Den narrows into a steep-sided, heavily-vegetated gorge. The path crosses the Maspie Burn several times by wooden footbridges.
See Lomond Hills Regional Park article Link
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NO2307 : Path to Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The higher up Maspie Den we go the rougher and more tropical-looking it gets. At times it's almost like being in a rainforest!
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NO2307 : Path to Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The higher the path goes the more confined Maspie Den becomes.
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NO2306 : The Yad Waterfall, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The first view of the waterfall comes suddenly although you can hear it before you see it. This is pretty much at its minimum. After heavy rain it can get quite spectacular and noisy. The path runs behind the waterfall.
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NO2306 : The Yad Waterfall, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
From behind the waterfall we look down Maspie Den. It's obvious how heavily vegetated it is. The path up Maspie Den runs underneath the overhanging rock near the centre of the image. The steps to the right of the image lead to the minor road between Falkland and Leslie and for the less energetic is probably the easiest way to reach the waterfall NO2306 : Path to Yad Waterfall, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills.
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NO2306 : The Yad Waterfall, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The path behind the waterfall runs underneath a huge overhang of sandstone which must weigh many tonnes. The average person can reach up and touch the overhang at its lowest points.
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NO2306 : The Yad Waterfall, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The path continues past the waterfall to join a path which comes down from Craigmead car park NO2206 : Gate to path to Falkland which is an easy way to reach the waterfall.
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NO2306 : Path to Craigmead car park, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The path from the Yad waterfall at the head of Maspie Den NO2306 : The Yad Waterfall, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills comes in from the left. The path straight ahead runs through the Coalpit Community Woodlands to Craigmead car park. In the opposite direction (behind the camera) it runs downhill to eventually join the lower reaches of the path to Maspie Den.
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NO2306 : Path to Yad Waterfall, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
A few metres along this path to Craigmead car park NO2306 : Path to Craigmead car park, Lomond Hills a faint path can be seen on the left. It doesn't look much but it is well worth following if you have the time and the inclination. It passes above the Yad Waterfall (although it is not visible) and leads to another path which can be used to access the waterfall NO2306 : The Yad Waterfall, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills, the minor road between Falkland and Leslie, and the Coalpit Community Woodlands. It is an interesting and little-used route.
See Lomond Hills Regional Park article Link
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NO2306 : Inscription on bench, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This rather puzzling inscription is on a bench sited on one of the paths to the Yad Waterfall in Maspie Den NO2306 : The Yad Waterfall, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills.
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NO2306 : Path to Yad Waterfall, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This nondescript grassy area and small sign are ignored by many people who drive the minor road between Falkland and Leslie yet it leads to an interesting walk. The sign simply welcomes walkers to the Coalpit Community Woodland and makes no mention of the fact that the path from here can also be used to reach the Yad Waterfall NO2306 : The Yad Waterfall, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills.
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NO2306 : Coalpit Community Woodlands, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The path from the minor road from Falkland to Leslie NO2306 : Path to Yad Waterfall, Maspie Den, Lomond Hills leads to this gate. For a close look at the sign see this image NO2306 : Sign on gate, Lomond Hills.
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NO2306 : Sign on gate, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This is the sign which is affixed to the gate in this image NO2306 : Coalpit Community Woodlands, Lomond Hills.
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NO2306 : Sign near Craigmead car park, Lomond hills by Bill Kasman
This sign welcomes walkers to the Coalpit Community Woodlands which are just down the hill from Craigmead car park. Ignore the YouTube sticker - it doesn't relate to the woodland!
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NO2306 : Coffee break! by Bill Kasman
On the path from Craigmead car park down the hill to Falkland and passing Maspie Den NO2206 : Gate to path to Falkland is this handy bench seat - just right for a coffee break! This position looks down into Maspie Den but it is so heavily vegetated that not much can be seen.
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NO2307 : Paths on Lomond hills by Bill Kasman
On the northern flanks of both East and West Lomond, especially in the area around Maspie Den, there are a multitude of footpaths and cycle routes. Not all of them are marked on current maps so if you don't know the area good luck with finding your way around!
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NO2307 : Nesting box, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The park authority have placed many nesting boxes in strategic positions throughout the park. This one is in the lower reaches of Maspie den.
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NO2407 : Cycle route direction post, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This is a typical cycle route direction post in the park. Route 1 is the major route through the park. This post is located near the Centre for Stewardship and the nearby public car park NO2407 : Centre for Stewardship, Falkland on the estate road which leads to the start of the path up Maspie Den NO2407 : Path to Maspie Den, Lomond Hills.
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