Silverbridge Forestry WalkGlentawik, Garve, IV23 2PU, United Kingdom
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Powerchair
Although this is definitely not the the most accessible walk for powerchairs it really is worth the effort to experience the beautiful, dramatic surroundings if you can get there. There are beautiful viewpoints, benches and picnic tables on the way and the Black Water waterfalls and peaty pools are absolutely stunning with a hypnotic energy that really energise you and make you feel re-invigorated. We also had the added bonus of being able to pick delicious blaeberries which we enjoyed on our birthday picnic at one of the viewpoints! If you have children with you, there is an amazing forestry playpark beside the parking on the East side with wooden equipment, a zip slide and picnic tables, however the ground is a bit uneven in places.
Transport & Parking
There is parking available on site on both sides of the walk with picnic benches nearby on one side, however, you can't access the walk from this side as it is innaccessible to wheelchairs due to the steps but you can just wheel over the bridge to start the walk from the east side where parking is available by the playpark. We had no problem parking any time I've been but there are no designated disabled parking spots. It is also possible to reach Garve via bus or train, however, the railway station is inaccessible and it's probably too far to walk or wheel to the Silverbridge walk from if you have mobility issues.
I managed most of the East side of this walk which is a loop and it is about 4.5 km long. Care must be taken as there are some steep drops down to the Black Water so I would only do this if you have someone with you to help but the path through the woodland is wide enough for my NHS power chair to handle and although it is a good forestry track, there are a couple of fairly steep slopes. I had an amazing view of the Black Water at many points throughout the walk; there are benches to sit on and take in the view every so often.
I couldn't see any toilets nearby but I did pass a sign for public toilets up on the main road; I didn't go there so can't comment on them or whether they have a disabled toilet there.
Anything else you wish to tell us?
The path was wide enough in most places to distance from the few people I met along the way and where it wasn't, they were kind enough to move off the path to allow me to pass safely. There was also a hand sanitiser and Covid reminder signs at the play park entrance. Although this might not be accessible for everyone, it's well worth the effort if you can make it. I've been a few times in all weathers and it was lovely at all times.