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Corserine via Hawse Burn

Walk No: Glenkens 2D

Start: Forrest Lodge car park. NX 553863.

Finish: Forrest Lodge car park. NX 553863.

Notes: Follow the steps of the shepherds of yesteryear on this old route which ultimately leads towards Backhill of Bush, once the most remote dwelling in the whole of Galloway.

• Distance: 5 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 5hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Forest track, wet forest ride, steep and rough ascent.
• 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. 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. Set within a sheep fold the stone cairn has an inscribed plaque telling of the fate of the 17 years old shepherd boy who lost his life on 27th January 1954 whilst tending his flock.

2. Just beyond the Memorial a path leads across a narrow bridge spanning the Hawse Burn to a ladder stile in the deer fence and open hill.

3. Once over the fence, keep this on the R and head into the vast corrie. The going is not easy amongst the hillocks, but steadily gain height keeping the square experimental plantation on the L. A steep rough ascent leads to the ridge.

4. Turn R, following the path which becomes less distinct as it nears the summit plateau.

5. Return either by outward route