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A lovely short walk around Kilmarnock’s 30 acre Kay Park. Highlights include the Burns Monument, stone lions, children’s play park, duck pond and cycle track. So although it is less than a mile in length, you can easily pass a couple of hours here!
On-street parking on De Walden Terrace, Kilmarnock (KA3 7AY). Kilmarnock bus and train stations are half a mile away from here, and local bus services stop on London Road or Holehouse Road, close to the start point.
Route: Walk to the end of De Walden Terrace, away from the main road, and go underneath the railway bridge and through a set of cast iron gates. Turn left after the gates and follow the tree-lined path uphill then right towards the Burns Monument Centre. Pass the building and the stone lions and when you reach the Corinthian Column turn right to head downhill towards the play areas and the pond. On reaching the pond turn right and after passing the bike track you will find yourself back at the cast iron gates. Retrace your steps from here back to the start point.
WALK REPORT: 9th December 2016
Being very aware that I had scheduled walk number 100 of my 100 walk challenge for Saturday 10th December, this was my final opportunity to get walk 99 done beforehand! Luckily it was a dry day and I had the morning free with my 3 year old before nursery so I decided to head to our local Kay Park. Of course, I didn’t tell T that we were going for a walk…. as far as he was concerned he was going to the cycle track he knows and loves, and we were also going to feed the ducks. Once there I parked in a different location to our usual place and made sure we took a slightly indirect route to the pond 😀
Actually, I hadn’t been up past the Burns Monument Centre for years and I had forgotten about the stone lions! You can see where they were once painted in gold but most of the paint has long since been chipped off leaving the bare stone underneath. After feeding the ducks, T enjoyed zipping around the cycle track on his balance bike and having a play in the park. There were plenty of people out walking their dogs today, testament to the park’s popularity with the locals.