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Directions for the Dundee walk

Updated Monday 23rd November 2009

Take a walk along the streets of Dundee - and into the past.

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These directions will guide you along the route of the Dundee audio walk. Why not print out this page and take it with you?

The walk will take around an hour when listening to the audio; allow longer if you wish to stop and explore the sites in further detail.

The starting point is in a park on a hill above the town, however from point 2 onwards the walk takes place on city streets, and can be followed by wheelchair users. However, please note that there are several roads to be crossed, and therefore kerbs to be negotiated.

Start

The walk starts in Dudhope Park, above the city. There is a car park in front of Dudhope Castle and at the corner of that, marked by a cannon, is a viewpoint over the city. This is your starting point. From here, you have a good view over the Blackness industrial area; still full of mill buildings from the days of the jute trade.

Point 1: Dudhope Park

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View from the cannon at Dudhope Castle

From Dudhope Park, walk down into the town. Take care when crossing Lochee Road and Marketgait – the traffic is very busy. On Marketgait, there's a pedestrian crossing near the entrance to Tay Works – this is the safest place to cross. To escape the cars, go through the arched entrance into the courtyard of Tay Works.

Point 2: Tay Works

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Tay Works

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Tay Works, courtyard

From Tay Works, walk through the courtyard, out to your left onto Guthrie Street. Walk along Guthrie Street until you reach Blinshall Street, and turn left onto it.

Point 3: Blinshall Street

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The ghost house on Blinshall Street

On Blinshall Street, stand level with the climbing centre within a converted church, and look back the way you’ve come. In the wall of the old flax warehouses on your left, can you see the “ghost” of a house? This area was once full of tenements, which were home to the jute workers.

From here, head back onto Guthrie Street, and take the next right onto West Henderson’s Wynd, to reach the Verdant Works jute museum.

Point 4: Verdant Works

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Verdant Works

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Verdant Works, alternate view

This is the Verdant Works jute museum, which tells the story of Dundee’s jute industry.

From here, continue down West Henderson’s Wynd, then turn left onto Douglas Street, then left again onto Milne’s East Wynd.

Point 5: Milne's East Wynd

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Milne's East Wynd, Douglas Court

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Milne's East Wynd, Queen Victoria Works

Here, you can see all elements of the life of the Blackness industrial area. At the end of the street you first come onto, there are old mill buildings. On your left is Douglas Court – a converted mill now used as office space. On your right is the boarded up Queen Victoria Works, which was still functioning right into the 1990s. Beyond the Queen Victoria Works, there’s new housing – and opposite that, behind a fence, a gap site where there were once millponds.

Point 6: Pleasance Court a.k.a. the Coffin Mill

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Pleasance Court a.k.a. the Coffin Mill

Pleasance Court a.k.a. Coffin Mill Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

Pleasance Court a.k.a. the Coffin Mill, bridge

Today this housing development is called Pleasance Court, but to locals it is still the "Coffin Mill"; so-called because of the shape of its courtyard. This was Logie Works, which at its height employed 2,500 workers. Today, as flats, it’s a sign of the regeneration this area has seen.

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