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Camperdown Country Park and Templeton Woods, Dundee, Eastern Scotland

Summary

Camperdown and Templeton are two of the gems of Dundee, situated on the north-western edge of the city, just beyond the Kingsway (A90) ringroad at the A923 junction.  This makes them ideal as a stopping-off place for a walk, if you're driving to or from Aberdeen, as well as providing a variety of easy hiking routes for local residents and tourists.  There are woodland walks and nature trails, areas of open grassland to run around on, and even a golf course, wildlife centre and large play area. Another small country park, Clatto, is adjacent to the north of Templeton.  

If some in your party would prefer to go to the cinema or ice arena, these are located next to Camperdown, and you can meet up after your hike!

  • My memories are of many visits for walks with members of the family, and training runs round the nature trail
  • The best bit for me is the top corner of Camperdown, where the tall beech trees are like a green cathedral above the trail
  • The most peaceful spot is the secluded circular trail through Templeton
  • It's also the venue for the annual Dundee Flower and Food Festival held at the start of September
  • There are no words of warning - just enjoy the surroundings

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Contributed by: Andrew Llanwarne

Camperdown House seen across the pond

Camperdown House seen across the pond

Key Facts

Location 3 miles north-west from the centre of Dundee , off the A923 Coupar Angus road
When it was walked Many visits
Walk type Countryside paths and easy hills
Difficulty Suitable for anyone who enjoys an easy walk
Distance approx Variable - a full circuit of all the parks and woods makes up about 5 or 6 miles (8-10 km), but a circuit of the northern half of Camperdown is only about 2 miles.
Height climbed approx 350 ft / 110 m from bottom of Camperdown to water town in Templeton
Time taken approx Anything from 15 minutes to 2 or 3 hours
Map used if any Covered by Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 map Sheet 54
Source of info on walk Many visits
Getting there 10 mins' drive from Dundee centre, also on Travel Dundee bus routes 1, 4a & b, and Strathtay services to Muirhead
Places to stay Choice of hotels and guest houses in and around Dundee
Places to eat/ buy food Shops and restaurants in Dundee and restaurants at Camperdown Leisure Park, Birkhill Inn on A923
Other attractions and facilities Cinema and Ice Arena at Camperdown Leisure Park, play areas at Camperdown and Clatto