Walk 52 -Kilmarnock & Crookedholm Loop – 7 miles

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A fantastic walk combining some of my favourite short walks in Kilmarnock. Perfect if you are looking for a longer walk to do with your buggy in tow.

For a shorter walk try the River Irvine walk from Crookedholm or the Riccarton Mill Cottages loop.

buggy friendly image  Buggy-friendly walk

  Parking available off Queen’s Drive retail park. Local bus service stops on Queen’s Drive. Kilmarnock bus and train stations are approx 1 mile away.

Kilmarnock & Crookedholm

WALK REPORT: 11th May 2016

What better is there to do when your car is in for a service on a sunny midweek morning?! Perfect excuse for a big walk! I was excited to do this one because it encompasses some of my favourite discoveries in the Kilmarnock area. Plus I knew it was completely buggy friendly so I could cover a good distance in the 2 hours I had to spare before I was needed for the nursery pick up.

Memories from this walk include one incident which has come back to haunt me several times since then…. It was when we stopped for a snack on a quiet bench overlooking the River Irvine and I decided to throw the little man’s banana peel behind me into the bushes. No biggie – it’s biodegradable. Instantly I knew I had made a mistake when I realised he had witnessed the event and I began explaining the dos and don’ts of throwing things away. I thought I had made everything crystal clear until a few days later when he announced to me in the car that he had thrown his empty plastic water bottle out the window because he was finished with it!!! Cue a second attempt at an explanation…

I love the section off Riccarton Road. I still remember the day I discovered the Mill Cottages and it is one of my favourite short walks now. It only adds a mile on but makes the stroll down Riccarton Road so much more enjoyable!

The River Irvine walk into Crookedholm from Milton Road
Playtime at Piersland Park
Gravel track along past Riccarton Mill Cottages

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