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Windy Standard and Lorg


Walk No: Glenkens 24

Start: Craigengillan. GR Nx 637948.

Finish: Craigengillan. GR Nx 637948.


Notes: Combining the site of a crashed Spitfire with a wind farm on the appropriately named Windy Standard, and taking in the Source of the Afton Water, immortalised by Robert Burns. This is a splendid long walk.


• Distance: 14 miles


• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 9hours


• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Forest track, grassy slopes with some heather, steep descent. Quiet tarmac road.
• Toilets: None available.

• Refreshments: None available.

Route Description
1. Cars can be parked at the side of the track by Craigengillan. Follow the track uphill through forest. Cross over the old bridge and pass around Moorbrock Farm, fording the burn.

2. Take L following upward track which curves around Green Hill then L towards and passing Clennoch Bothy. The track terminates near an old sheep pen on the SE face of Dugland Hill. Nearby the Blue Peter Memorial is situated at grid reference 606005.
3. Climb the grassy slopes of Dugland Hill to reach the service track N of its summit. Follow R towards wind turbines. Use the fence line as a short cut passing Trostan Hill taking steepening slopes NE to the disintegrating Trig Pillar on summit of Windy Standard, set within a curious double circular trench.

4. Head SE keeping the last turbine on your R and regain the fence line, follow this electric fence NE to a shallow col where another fence joins from the SE. Follow this as it descends before climbing up the steep grassy slopes of Alhang. Three stones and a broken fence stake – a cairn! on the SE side of the fence mark the summit. Before Alwhat is reached the source of the Afton Water is found to the L of the col. Alwhat’s summit is at the fence junction with a gate. Ground anchors for an absent mast are situated immediately to the NW side of the fence.

5. Continue following the fence, generally NE towards Meikledodd Hill where it forms a fence junction about 25 meters NW of the unmarked grass summit to the E of the fence. Head SE downhill towards Lorg Hill and its SE spur before a steep S descent on short grassy slopes to Lorg Farm.

6. A track leads to a metalled road alongside the Water of Ken back to the start point.