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The Dungeon Hills & Backhill

Walk No: Glenkens 14

Start: Car park just beyond Craigencallie Outdoor Centre. GR NX 504782.

Finish: Car park just beyond Craigencallie Outdoor Centre. GR NX 504782.

Notes: Visit Backhill O’Bush bothy, once the most remote dwelling in all of Galloway. Crossing the Silver Flowe should be avoided after a prolonged wet spell.

• Distance: 13 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 8hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Forest track, rough open hillside with rocky summits.
• Toilets: None available

• Refreshments: None available

Route Description
1. Leave the car park, head north along the forest track, follow to gate across track beyond the head of Loch Dee.

2. Cross over the stile on the right (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. A rough descent leads to a broad open grassy strand. Cross over the 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, crossing the Deil’s Bowling Green enroute. You may wish to visit the site of a memorial commemorating the lives of the pilot and navigator of an F1-11 aircraft which crashed near here on 19th December 1979. It is not easy to find, and is located on the west slopes on a ledge below a granite wall at GR NX 458833. Descend the Nick of the Dungeon. A feint path leads down between the Round and Long Lochs of the Dungeon. Do not stray from this path as you cross the Silver Flowe. A forest break leads the path east through trees towards Back Hill of Bush Bothy

5. Follow the forest track south, turning right at the first two track junctions. Cross over the River Dee, shortly turn left and join the outward route. Continue back to car park.