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White Hill

St. John’s Town of Dalry to
St. John’s Town of Dalry

Walk No: Glenkens 58

Start: Cars can be parked in the wide Main Street of St. John’s Town of Dalry. GR NX 621812.

Finish: Cars can be parked in the wide Main Street of St. John’s Town of Dalry. GR NX 621812.

Nearest Town: St Johns Town of Dalry

Notes: Known by locals as Shiel Hill, this circular route takes the walker through varied countryside to a vantage point offering excellent views across the Glenkens.

• Distance: 6 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 3hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Tracks, field paths and quiet rural roads.
• Toilets: Situated beside the Town hall.

• Refreshments: Shops and Hotels available in the village.

Route Description
1. Head down the track beside the Town hall towards the river Ken. The raised ground on the right before the bridge is a late 12-13th Century Norman motte, once occupied by relatives of a Stewart of Kirkcudbrightshire named St. John. It is from this connection that the town derived its name. Cross over the footbridge and turn L following the path through gorse bushes to a small gate leading to an overgrown track. Take this to the road ( A762) where a ladder stile gives access over the wall.

2. Turn L, cross over the Coomb Burn bridges and turn R. Shortly take the track L leading along the side of Glenlee Estate, through mature trees. At the road junction turn L and follow the narrow road as it winds steeply to Bucks Linn Bridge and a cattle grid. Pause to admire the moss encrusted trees and gushing waters of the Craigshinnie Burn.

3. About half a mile further along a track leads off L along the side of a small coniferous plantation towards the open hillside. Follow the steadily ascending track, through a gate passing some old sheep pens on the L before an acute L turn by a small ruined house.

4. Continued access to the track, now less defined, is by way of a rickety gate which needs careful negotiation. The track hugs the wall side to the field corner by the wood. A gate leads onto the pasture beyond where the communication mast, visible for most of the route, stands near the summit of White Hill. Cross into the dip and a track will be found which leads to the summit a very short distance beyond the mast installation.

5. Follow the track as it descends through a coniferous plantation, across an open field to a ruined dwelling, where the track becomes confined between dykes to Shiel Farm.

6. Keep the farm buildings on the R, pass around the green silo, continue and bear R round a cluster of trees to the road ahead. Turn L. You are now back on the A762.

7. A short distance after re-crossing the Coomb Burn, a kissing gate into the field on the R leads to stepping stones across the River Ken. These are only negotiable when hydro operations are not in progress, or the river in spate. They are only advised for the sure footed and extreme care should be exercised when crossing. Once on the opposite bank turn L along the flood bank to the start point in the village.

8. If the stepping stones are not used then retrace steps along the road and track, using the footbridge to cross the river returning to the village.