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The variety of environments in the park makes it ideal for all sorts of activities and provides users of all ages and abilities the opportunity for outdoor exercise.
The park is a fantastic area to use to help develop a beginner’s biking skills. There are many little spots that can be used to develop specific skills. Though the park does not have designated biking trails with specific technical obstacles, the routes around the park have a considerable variety and can test the experienced rider as much as the beginner. It is fantastic to have such a diverse and beautiful location so easily accessible from the centre of Stirling.
There are many different routes and different types of habitat that you can cover with your dog in Plean Country Park, and virtually every time you come, you can take a different route! Why not explore the Wildflower Meadow in front of Plean Country House, or take a walk down the main drive and enjoy the majestic tree line. Often in the winter, you can see deer in the meadow at dawn. A variety of habitat brings a variety of birds, squirrels, rabbits and some fascintating insects, including dragonflies and bees.
There are a few points to remember. Well controlled dogs are welcome to walk off the lead, but bear in mind that there are other park users including children and horses. If you are on a horse trail, keep your dog close and on a lead and give way to riders. Please also remember to pick up after your dog so everyone can enjoy a clean environment in Plean Country Park.
Enjoy your walk and keep your eyes open - you will be amazed at what you see
Who can orienteer?
Orienteering is an inclusive sport. Whether you are 8 or 80, novice or elite - you can orienteer. At Plean Country Park the Forth Valley Orienteers (FVO) have set out a permanent course with fixed markers which you and your family can try any time.
What do you do?
In orienteering, you use a special map to follow a route. The route goes through a number of control points to the finish. Beginners courses will follow strong features such as paths; while the experts will have to nagivate through the forests or across the moors and fields. Each "control point" is a distinctly mapped feature, such as a path junction or hilltop. In the park the control points are marked by fixed posts.
Plean Country Park Horse Trail
Horses have a long history in Plean Country Park. Horse riders from around Plean have been riding in the park for over 25 years, before the estate actually became a Country Park, and when it was a privately owned estate the owners had large stables for keeping horses for transport and leisure.
Over the last few years Stirling Council and the Friends of Plean Country Park, including lots of local riders, have worked hard to improve the Horse Trail, to give riders some interesting and safe paths to enjoy away from the dangers of traffic on the roads.
The trail, which is approximately 4km long, starts from the horse trailer/lorry park which is round to the right when you enter the main park gates. Riders who arrive on horseback can avoid the main gate by entering through a gap in the wall into the trailer/lorry park. For riders on horseback there are several other entrances around the park (please see the horse trail map for details).