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Waterfalls and Sculptures

Walk No: Glenkens 6

Start: A712 Murray's Monument car park GR NX 491721

Finish: A712 Murray's Monument car park GR NX 491721

Notes: An excellent walk mixing some of natures splendour with the artistic hand of man. The walker can be the judge as to who wins!

• Distance: 2 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 2hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Paths with some steep sections. Track.
• Toilets: None available

• Refreshments: None available
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Route Description
1. Just behind the car park is a splendid waterfall accessed by a path alongside the burn. This is often mistaken for the Grey Mare’s Tail but is in fact the Buck Loup. Whatever its identity it is still worth seeing! Now leave the car park and cross over the bridge, immediately turning L up the path alongside the burn. A rocky scramble can be avoided by winding R around a craggy outcrop. The paths join near the burn and dyke. Pause to view the rock pools. Follow the path to a walled sheep dip where you will find five sculptured heads built into the walls. These and other works were initiated in 1997 to celebrate the Galloway Forest Park’s 50th anniversary. A track lies just beyond. Turn R.

2. You are now on the Old Edinburgh Road, once the route of pilgrims travelling to Whithorn. Pass the Black Loch, through the gate and lookout for a path L which crosses the burn by stepping stones leading to another grassy track. Turn L shortly crossing the Tonderghie Burn a few meters down stream from a fine waterfall. A path swings R and climbs to a forest track. Turn L downhill passing the shores of Black Loch to a tall conical sculpture named “Eye”. Retrace steps to the Grey Mare’s Tail burn.

3. Turn R following the path towards the splendid 15 meter waterfall. The path continues over exposed tree roots and is stepped in places. A wire fence affords protection from the steep drop into the gully. Follow through the trees and cross the bridge continuing along a distinct path, wet in places as it climbs through the trees.

4. The path descends with a dyke on the R to rejoin the Old Edinburgh Road, here turn L. After 400 meters turn R until you reach a green post with yellow band. Turn L along the path which becomes surfaced with stones as it nears Murray’s Monument. A distinct path leads down to the visible car park and start point.