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Ravens Walk

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

Walk No: Glenkens 55

Start: St. John's Town of Dalry, where cars can be safely parked in the wide Main Street.

Finish: St. John's Town of Dalry, where cars can be safely parked in the wide Main Street.

Nearest Town: St Johns Town of Dalry

Notes: This walk was originally conceived by a local Venture Scout Group known as “The Ravens”. The circular route follows the banks of the River Ken and takes in the summit of Mulloch Hill giving splendid views onto the village and farmlands below.

• Distance: 3 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 1.5hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Riverbank and fields, short hill climb. Road crossing.
• Toilets: Beside Town Hall.

• Refreshments: Shops and Hotels available in 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. Turn L through a kissing gate before crossing the river. The gravestone in the corner of the graveyard commemorates two Covenanters who were shot in 1684.

2. Follow the path along the flood bank as it swings in a broad curve around the flood plain, now intensely farmed, until reaching Boatknowe. Cross over the stile into the lane and turn L to the main road.

3. Turn R and walk through the large lay-by before crossing the road into another lay-by. Ahead a stile leading into woodland indicates the route. Marker posts should now be followed through the trees and onto the open hillside. Deep bracken can obscure the posts in late summer, so head towards the dyke and follow this uphill until a ladder stile is reached at the field corner.

4. A gate immediately L leads to the foot of the final climb onto the summit of Mulloch Hill.

5. 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.