Crombie and Monikie Country Parks lie within a couple of miles of each other, north of the A92 Dundee-Arbroath road. The parks are within Angus, and well managed by Angus Council, but are also popular with residents of Dundee and visitors to the area. Both have good play areas and barbecue facilities, with lots of wildlife and programmes of events. They provide easy walking trails through woodland and beside the man-made lochs that are the central feature of both parks.
The parks are not easy to link with longer walking routes, except on roads, but there is an attractive route from Monikie west for about 2 miles (3 km) to the B978 at Lovehall, just north of Wellbank village. A good country walk, but can be muddy at times.
- The most memorable aspect was the clarity of light and views on a recent visit to Monikie
- The best bit is the richness of habitats around Crombie
- The worst bit is when you're running round the lakes at Monikie into the wind!
- Best for kids are the adventure playgrounds
- There are no words of warning - just enjoy the surroundings at any time of year
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Contributed by: Andrew Llanwarne - May 2006
Monikie on a recent spring visit
||About 5 miles (8km) north of Carnoustie, in Angus, and 10-12 miles (8-15 km) north-east of the centre of Dundee
|When it was walked
|| Many visits
||Countryside paths, no significant hills
||Suitable for anyone who enjoys an easy walk. Some paths (especially at Crombie) suitable for the disabled and those with pushchairs.
||Variable - a full circuit of each of the lakes is about 2 miles (3 km) but there are shorter walks through woodland near the visitor centres.
|Height climbed approx
|Time taken approx
||From 15 minutes for a short walk, to an hour for a circuit of either lake.
|Map used if any
||Covered by Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 map Sheet 54: Dundee
|Source of info on walk
||Many visits - there are Ranger centres at both parks with information on wildlife, events etc
||15 mins' drive from Carnoustie, 20 mins from Broughty Ferry, 30 mins from the centre of Dundee
|Places to stay
||Choice of hotels and guest houses in Carnoustie, Arbroath, Broughty Ferry, Dundee etc
|Places to eat/ buy food
||Shops and restaurants in all these towns, and village shops in Newbigging and Monikie