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Picnic Drive At Plean Country Park
The Forth Driving Group RDA spent a most enjoyable picnic drive at Plean. While being relaxed the route driven gave plenty of variety. After a short, but steep climb from the area for horse transport we drove around the perimeter of the walled garden before a downhill section which levelled off just before rounding the ruined house. A left turn afforded a good straight run allowing a lively trot before negotiating a trick section through the trees before returning to base. Although overcast, the weather remained dry and gradually improved during the afternoon.
Then of course the best was yet to come……the picnic including a Birthday celebration! As usual the spread of food did nothing for our waistlines but the variety of savoury and sweet delights had all to be sampled. Lynn’s Birthday Cake was adorned by too many candles to be counted but thankfully we didn’t need to call on the services of the fire brigade.
Our thanks must go to Stirling Council who allows access to the park; also to The Friends of Plean Country Park for the use of their gazebo, table and chairs which enabled us to relax following the activities of the morning drives. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this outing possible and of course to the drivers for their presence and camaraderie.
New animals in the park
A variety of animals have arrived at the park and some of them have made their first public appearance.
One by one they are taking up position on a route from the car park onto the north drive in one direction and in the other direction towards the south drive and Plean House.
The children's play area is where most of them congregate and make an ideal photo opportunity. A few of our new friends are pictured here but please come to the park and see all of them for yourself.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL PARK USERS
Act Responsibly When Using The Park
This is a reminder to all visitors to be aware of and take into consideration other users when enjoying the park.
Plean Country Park is used for many outdoor pursuits including walking with and without dogs, horse riding, running and cycling.
Sometimes these activities do not mix well. Recently there was an unfortunate incident in the park where a horse was startled by a dog resulting in the rider being thrown to the ground and the horse bolting onto the public road. Luckily no major injury resulted and the horse was recovered safely. The consequences could have been very much more serious.
Animal and bike owners have a special responsibility to ensure that they are in control and do not to cause upset or injury to other park users. In areas of dense vegetation always be aware of the possibility of sudden encounters with other users be they dog walkers, cyclists or horse riders. It is much more of an issue on the bings now that the trees have grown up and enclosed the pathways – dogs do tend to 'pop out' from nowhere.