Stride Out and About
Dundee has a great network of paths and parkland which can provide attractive short cuts along with opportunities to see more of the natural environment than you can from the car.
The Green Circular is a walking and cycling path that runs for 26 miles around the city, including several attractive parks and a long section along the waterfront with views of Fife. It links with National Cycle Route 1, running along the eastern coastline of the UK, and crosses the popular cycle route alongside the A92 from Dundee to Arbroath. A quiet cycling and walking route links Monifieth and Carnoustie via Barry Buddon.
A new mountain bike leaflet for a cycling loop around the Dighty between Broughty Ferry and Monifieth is currently being produced by Stride. It’s part of a series covering several areas of parkland around Dundee which the City Council is supporting. They will cover Dundee Law, Balgay Hill, Reres Hill, Camperdown Park, Caird Park and Templeton Woods. Copies will be available from the Tourist Information Centre at Discovery Point, and the main library in the Wellgate.
There’s also a 2011 edition of the Cycling Map of Dundee, produced by Dundee TravelActive and available from the City Council.
There are plenty of opportunities for exploring the countryside around Dundee, into rural areas of Angus, Perth & Kinross and Fife. The path networks in the Sidlaws and around the village of Newtyle are easy to reach, with the link along the Dronley Railway Path accessible from Clatto Country Park. A new leaflet from the Sidlaw Path Network covers four routes around the village of Muirhead, near Camperdown and Templeton Country Parks. These include the popular walk around Backmuir Woods. Monikie and Crombie Country Parks in Angus, just north of Monifieth, are popular locations for walking and cycling, with annual duathlon events and other races being held.