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Dodd and Moorbrock Hills

Walk No: Glenkens 75

Start: Cars can be parked at the wide bell mouth track/road junction at the entrance to Strahanna Forest on the Water of Ken Road. GR NX 641953.

Finish: Cars can be parked at the wide bell mouth track/road junction at the entrance to Strahanna Forest on the Water of Ken Road. GR NX 641953.

Notes: A circular hill walk incorporating some unusual features which the geology of the area has left behind.

• Distance: 8 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 5hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Forest tracks. Open exposed hillside.
• Toilets: None available.

• Refreshments: None available.

Route Description
1. Follow the track uphill as it winds into the forest. Turn R at the track crossings. Note the old enclosure on the L side. Follow the track as it gradually climbs across the moor and enters an area of sparse deciduous tree plantings. After about 400 meters the track swings to the right and begins to descend. Leave the track at this point heading almost due N up the open hillside to the summit of Dodd Hill. (The fence/dyke line shown on OS Maps running SW-NE does not exist) On the summit there is a small, unnamed lochan. An unusual sight at the top of a hill. Three heavy wooden crosses bearing the roman numerals XII,XIII and XIV are also located just to the NE of the summit.

2. An electric fence line runs parallel to a derelict dyke along the broad ridge crossing the rounded top of Mid Hill of Glenhead and ultimately on towards the summit of Windy Standard. (The dyke stops at Alcherry Cleugh.) Follow this down and over Glenhead and whilst descending the grassy slopes down in the glen to the R are to be seen the Alwhannie Knowes, which are the remains of ice-action and other natural causes. They appear as an assortment of grassy mounds and were at one time thought to have been graves. Continue up to the fence junction and part way up the slope towards Windy Standard is an erratic boulder off to the L. This is known as the Deil’s Putting Stone. One of many in the Galloway Hills!

3. Turn L and head SW, (unless the walker wants to visit Windy Standard in which case follow the fence line uphill to the summit and return) following the derelict fence past a communication mast towards the flat top of Alwhat. Leave the fence and stride across the heather over Alwhat into a peaty hollow before ascending onto the NW top of Moorbrock Hill. The summit is about 1Km further along the banana shaped ridge. A casual search of the ground will reveal stones containing galena. Test bores were carried out hereabouts in the early 1980’s for various mineral deposits. The track leading from the summit is the only real evidence of any prospecting.

4. Descend by way of the track for a short distance before striking off L down the slopes keeping the Poltie Burn well to the L before closing in towards it as it passes under the track. The track leads down passing Moorbrock Farm and over the Polifferie Burn before a short rise leads through forestry and down to the road and start point.