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The Dungeon Hills and The Rig of Jarkness

Walk No: Glenkens 8

Start: Car park near Craigencallie Outdoor Centre. GR. NX513781

Finish: Car park near Craigencallie Outdoor Centre. GR. NX513781

Notes: A place of wild splendour. True Galloway wilderness mixing evocative names with deep heather, granite boulders and jewelled lochans.

• Distance: 14 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 7hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Forest track; open hillside, boggy in places; broad rocky summit ridges; rocky outcrops; steep, rough descents; some distinct path; river crossing.
• Toilets: None available.

• Refreshments: None available.

Route Description
1. Start at GR NX513781, head N then W along forest track, follow to gate across track beyond the head of Loch Dee.

2. Cross over the stile on R (SUW), and head NE across the open hillside to the trig point on Craiglee. DO NOT attempt to cross the Dargall Lane near the head of Loch Dee. Deep channels undercut unsafe peat bankings.

3. Pick a high line across the summit heading to the west of Dow Loch. Descend to a broad open grassy strand. Cross over old fence and choose the easiest gradient and best footing to the rock strewn summit of Snibe Hill. A broad granite boulder strewn ridge leads north to Craignaw, passing another Dow Loch.

4. From Craignaw take the ridge NW to a prominent cairn in the saddle. An obvious path starts to lead up the boulder slopes of Craignairny but soon peters out before the summit. Descend towards the SE point of Loch Enoch where a wooden step stile allows access across an old fence. It is a short distance to the cairn on Craig Neldricken which is about 15 meters east of the highest point. The views from here are of a true wilderness. Continue heading due W, descend the rough heathery slopes towards a path connecting Lochs Enoch and Neldricken. Follow this roughly south passing nearby the western shore of Loch Arron. A gap in the dyke ahead leads to Loch Neldricken. The path skirts an inlet known as “The Murder Hole”, immortalised in SR Crocketts “The Raiders”.

5.Follow path S around shore of Loch Neldricken, passing the W end of Loch Valley. After leaving Loch Valley cross over the Gairland Burn. This can be tricky in all but the driest of weather, and fording the water may be the safest option. Head E along the heather and boulder ridge – The Rig of the Jarkness, continue to the equally evocatively named Clints of the Buss before making the descent to the E of the Round Loch of Glenhead. Head S across the open moor towards the forest track and your outward route. 6. Follow track E (shared by SUW and National Cycle route) passing Loch Dee, to car park