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The Old Dumfries Road

Balmaclellan to

Walk No: Glenkens 85

Start: Balmaclellan PO. GR NX 652791

Finish: Dalry Main St. GR NX 620812.

Nearest Town: Balmaclellan

Notes: This route follows an old road from Dalry to Dumfries, which went by way of Balmaclellan and Corsock

• Distance: 3 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 1.5hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Easy

• Terrain: Quiet roads and fields wet in places
• Toilets: By Town Hall in Dalry

• Refreshments: In Balmaclelan and Dalry.

Route Description
1. Head out of Balmaclellan passing the church on the R. At the road junction turn R. A seat here bears the inscription Kentucky and is on the site of an old dwelling of that name. Continue for almost 1Km then turn L along a road signed Grennan. An old bridge, said to be one of the oldest in the Glenkens spans the Garpel Burn at a narrow fern encrusted gorge. Just beyond this bridge the road swings R and a gate is straight ahead.

2. Enter the field keeping the dyke close to the L and cross over the wall at the corner. The going is now wet but clumps of rushes aid progress. Aim for higher ground crossing into the next field. This becomes drier as height is gained. Farm vehicle tracks aid the walker and a gate leads into the next field. Continue heading upwards towards the field corner and a clump of gorse beyond. A gate will be found in the corner.

3. A rough track leads W below the summit of Mulloch Hill, follow this a short distance before heading R onto the summit. A trig pillar marks the summit with a couple of small scattered cairns. This is a good vantage point with unrivalled views south along the Ken valley.

4. From the Trig Pillar head due N. A small gate will be found in the dyke, pass through into the field, continue down towards the furthest R of two field gates. This leads towards an indistinct track, soon becoming more evident. Follow this through a further two gates into Wayside. Turn R and then L into Main Street, where a previously left car can be used for the return.