Milton Ford, Bannock Burn

This evening, I am posting a micro-detailed account of today’s hike along a heritage trail which connects walkers with the historic Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 where a Scots victory decisively ensured independence from England. This exercise is primarily for the benefit of a tour group which will be visiting the site next month.

The following text is taken verbatim from a leaflet produced by the city of Stirling’s communities.

Over two days in June 1314 around 20,000 English troops led by King Edward II engaged in a battle with around 10,000 Scotts led by Robert the Bruce. The exact location of the battle is unknown but modern historians agree that the decisive second day of fighting centred around the Balquhidderock Wood. At dawn on June 24th Robert the Bruce led his troops out of the wood before the English troops, exhausted from their long march north and the previous day’s fighting, had a chance to assemble for battle. In the coming hours the Scots decimated the English troops who fled the battlefield.

Accounts of the battle talk of the “Great Ditch” where Bruce’s forces chased the English and many lives were lost. The steep banks of Ladywell Park today are a possible candidate to be the Great Ditch and, if so, played a key role in the battle.

Start and finish-on opposite side of road to oncoming car.

Near start/end of trail

First and last section of trail can be difficult underfoot and is partly overgrown.

Metal detectorist at Milton Ford.

Wild raspberries in the hedgerow

Trail beyond Milton Ford

Golf Course adjacent to trail

Steep steps down gorge to bridge over Bannock Burn

Bannock Burn

Trail towards Milton Ford

Beware of Stinging Nettles-do not touch!

Former grain mill now converted to a residence.

Information on Milton Ford

Bannock Burn at Milton Ford

My trip took about 45 minutes.

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