Braehead & Broomridge Heritage Trail – FREE 2018 SUMMER GUIDED WALKS
Local Councillor Chris Kane will be leading a series of free guided walks around the Braehead & Broomridge Heritage Trail this summer. The route will take you over the 1314 Bannockburn battlefield, passing directly through the likely site of the English encampment and the spot where Bruce is said to have addressed his troops with a speech Robert Burns later reimagined in the poem “Scots Wha Hae”. You’ll learn about the rich mining heritage of the area, our forgotten World Champion bagpipe band, and see one of the few remaining remnants of the ancient Caledonian Forest.
Start / End: Braehead Community Garden, Broom Road, Stirling, FK7 7GU.
Parking: Free on street parking available
Length: 2.4 miles
Conditions: Almost entirely flat and paved. There is a railway bridge to cross (option of steps or slope). There is one short section (100m) of “trail path” which ends with a short flight of steps, although a longer paved diversion is available.
Braehead & Broomridge Heritage Trail – FREE ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG
In 1913, the miners of Millhall Colliery constructed a 25m long outdoor swimming pool. Over the next twenty years, it was a popular local resource and held regular swimming galas. By the early 1930s, it had fallen into disrepair and soon disappeared from the landscape and the memories of local residents.
On Saturday 1st September, Stirling Council Archaeologist Dr Murray Cook, local Councillor Chris Kane, Braehead Community Council and GUARD Archaeology will be running a “Big Dig” event to see if anything remains of Stirling’s first swimming pool.
Date: Friday 31 August and Saturday 1 September 2018
Start / End: Millhall Bing, off Millhall Road (Springkerse side), Stirling.
Directions: Turn of the A095 Kerse Road at “Arnold Clark Renault Garage”. After garage, turn right just before “Action Lawn and Leisure” and follow road until you see a path with a security barrier. The dig site should be visible approximately 30m beyond the barrier.
Parking: On street parking on Millhall Road. Road significantly narrows after “Action Lawn and Leisure”; it may be easier to park there and walk the remaining 250m. Alternatively, easily walkable / cycleable from Braehead.
Conditions: paved access to dig site. Dig site is in a field, approximately 10m from paved road. Portable toilet on site.
Lunch: Bring Packed Lunch if staying all day.
Activities: Take part in the archaeological digging. Event suitable for families.