Walk 99 – Kay Park, Kilmarnock – 0.6 miles

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! 

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Kay Park

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parking-available-icon  Car parking just off De Walden Terrace at the former Kilmarnock College site (KA3 7AY)

route-image  Route: Leave the parking area and turn left to 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 parking area. 

 

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.

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Railway bridge giving access from De Walden Terrace to the Kay Park
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Park entrance. Love these gates!
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The Burns Monument, which has undergone reconstruction work after a fire in 2004.
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One of the two stone lions, located next to the Burns Monument Centre.
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View down to the Kilmarnock Water and the town centre in the distance
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I believe this is a Corinthian Column, erected in memory of a group of Parliamentary reformers who protested here in 1816.
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Footpath from Burns Monument Centre towards the play park and pond.
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Swan and one of it’s 3 cygnets.
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The ducks at the Kay Park are probably some of the best fed ducks in the area! That’s if they get a look in past the large flocks of baby gulls who they share the pond with!

If you like the sound of this but fancy a longer walk check out my Three Parks Loop (4.7 miles) or the Kilmarnock Loop (1.2 miles) which takes in some of the highlights of Kilmarnock Town Centre.

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