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By 1830, nine mills used the fast flowing water of Alva Burn to drive their machines. Dams and lades were built to ensure that there was enough water throughout the year.
From the car park near the Longbank Works make your way into Macarthur Braes. Follow the path to the Glen, crossing the bridge and turning left to arrive at a view point for the dam. Follow the steps up to the left and go under a large, metal pipe which crosses over the path.The distance to Smugglers Cave is 1.5km, at a height of 200m. It should take around 45 minutes to get there - allow 30 minutes to return.
Try not to send any loose stones tumbling down the hill.
The long tailed Grey Wagtail can be seen in the Glen all year round and Kestrels are often spotted up in the rocky cliffs. Small roe deer may be seen at quiet times. Butterflies such as the Common Blue are in abundance.
Visit the Alva Glen Website, home of the Alva Glen Heritage Trust, a voluntary organisation and charity aiming to develop community spirit by restoring and regenerating Alva Glen.
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