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Milldown via Hawse Burn

Walk No: Glenkens 28

Start: Forrest Lodge car park. NX 553863.

Finish: Forrest Lodge car park. NX 553863.

Notes: A route popular in the past, involving some rough walking and scrambling. The distance and time shown are to the summit only enabling the walker to link this route with others in the Rhinns.

• Distance: 4 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 2.5hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Forest track, wet forest ride. Rocky ascent with some scrambling.
• Toilets: None available

• Refreshments: None available

Route Description
1. Leave the car park following the track named “Prof Hans Heiberg Road”, pass Burnhead Farm and continue uphill into the forest. This route is signed with blue marker posts, although some are almost obscured by tree growth. Ignore the first two junctions and swing hard R onto the “Mary Watson Road”. Follow this to a wooden footbridge leading across a burn into a very wet firebreak. This shortly leads to a broad and much drier firebreak in younger plantation which passes by the Ralph Forlow Memorial.

2. Just beyond the Memorial a path leads across a narrow wooden bridge spanning the Hawse Burn to a ladder stile in the deer fence and open hill. The blue marker posts are now left behind.

3. Head due S across the open hill aiming for a dyke and obvious gully. Scramble up the gully to reach the summit of Milldown.

4. Follow the ridge NW across Millfire. At the saddle head E down the steep slopes keeping to the N of a small square experimental plantation. Cross the hummocky ground to the fence corner and follow to the ladder stile crossed earlier.