Though Glasgow is a busy city it’s easy to escape the
bustle and find a quiet place to walk where nature thrives.
The Canal tow path of the Forth and Clyde Canal can be
accessed from Anniesland Cross or Maryhill Road and many other points along its
length. This green corridor stretches across Scotland from Bowling in the west to Edinburgh in the
Another haven for wildlife near Gartnavel Hospital is
Bingham's Pond, or Jury’s Pond as it is probably better known. It can be
reached easily from Great Western Road.
running north from Perth roars with traffic for much of the day. If you are
ever driving the section of this road near Dunkeld and feel the need of a rest,
you might consider giving the usual stopping places a miss and instead, find
the turn-off for the A822, signposted for Crieff.
eight miles along this quieter road and just past the hamlet of Trochry,
there’s a small car park with an information board and a directional arrow
pointing to the start of the Corbenic Poetry Path, a circular walk of around
3.57km. The gradients throughout the walk are fairly easy while the immediate
scenery is always interesting and varied.
path was created by the Corbenic Estate team and numerous volunteers, from home
and abroad, who dug out the route and used wheelbarrows to move tons of
material. Underfoot the path has been formed with gravel in places, wood
chippings in others and where the walking surfaces may become wet and muddy, a
variety of wire covered boards. That this work was all done by hand is most
path meanders through farmland and areas of different tree species including
ancient larch and new plantings of birch. On the day I strolled along its
length there was plenty of birdsong, colourful patches of wild flowers poking
through leaf litter and sightings of butterflies.
along the path - there are already thirty two with more to come - can be found
incised into slate and stone and carved into slabs and rounds of wood. Other
poems have been etched on glass, while the poems on paper are sealed in blocks
of resin before being secured on top of way markers along the path.
poems showcase the work of some of the best poets currently living and writing
in Scotland. From time to time, they give readings at events held in specially
created performance spaces along the path.
poem written in praise of Douglas Fir trees is attached to the wire cage
protecting a single sapling.
This long lived giant
welcoming the mountain winds,
the snow, the mellow light.
through a thousand storms
and century after century.
The primary branches
whorl around the axis,
and stretch like words
far into other
are also a number of sculptures along the path. The renowned sculptor Gezia
Sollai was invited to create works here along with six sculptor students from
Budapest. Some of the works have been sited to entice walkers into quiet
corners along the route. Other sculptures are on show where the background
views of the hills of Perthshire are expansive. Like any other works of art,
some of the sculptures on display such as the hollowed out log drums –
drumsticks provided - may have a particular appeal and become favourites.
carver Michael Reilly is another gifted artist who has created pieces which are
now sited along the path. Under his tuition, other members of the Corbenic
Community are learning to carve.
the completion of the circuit, the path runs alongside the River Braan rushing
white between rocks and large boulders. This end of the Poetry Path is
especially lovely and walkers will find spots where they can enjoy a picnic
before climbing a flight of stairs for the last short walk back to the starting
Information: Corbenic Camphill Community situated in beautiful Strathbaan a few
miles from Dunkeld is based on the principle of living and working together
with those who have special needs.
and concern for the dignity of each person are actively fostered at Corbenic as
is ensuring a stable and secure physical, emotional and social environment.
Poetry Path is used regularly by those who live in the Corbenic Community.