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Corserine and Backhill of Bush

Walk No: Glenkens 2E

Start: Forrest Lodge car park. NX 553863.

Finish: Forrest Lodge car park. NX 553863.

Notes: Backhill of Bush, now a bothy and surrounded by forest is maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association. It was once the most remote dwelling in all of Galloway.

• Distance: 14 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 9hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Forest tracks. Steep grassy/heather slopes. Featureless summit plateau.
• Toilets: None available.

• Refreshments: None available.

Route Description
1. Exit the car park left towards the bridge and kilted figure, follow the Birger Natvig Road through forest to open fields, pass Forebush Farmhouse and re-enter forest by a stile alongside a locked gate.

2. Follow the track uphill. Ignore the junction off to the left. The track is now designated the Robert Watson Road. Continue uphill to a footpath off left signed “Hillwalkers Path etc”. Follow this alongside the burn, cross over a small rock bridge, through the trees to a stile over the fence onto the open hillside.

3. Follow the path, which becomes less distinct as it rises onto the grassy slopes of Craignine, the NE spur of Corserine. Vegetation becomes sparse making walking much easier across the summit plateau to the trig point. In times of poor visibility careful navigation is required.

4. From the summit descend SW onto the spur Meikle Craigtarson, then head down steep grassy/heather slopes for the large and obvious gap in the forest. A forest track will be found immediately beyond an old quarry. Turn L. Ignore but note the track off L. Backhill Bothy is just over 2Km in a clearing on the L.

5.Return along the track to the aforementioned junction, here take this track as it ascends to a turning point. A feint path leads straight upwards along a firebreak to the open hillside and a broken down fence. Cross the grassy slopes E and pick up the path N of Millfire Ridge. Follow this to the summit of Corserine, returning via outward route.

6.Alternatively, the old shepherds route can be followed. Cross over Millfire Ridge heading towards the Square Plantation. A neat cairn, and slightly to the S of the path against the rock face is a reminder of this ancient route. Pick the best line of descent towards the Hawse Burn and follow this to the fence. Follow the fence SE to a high stepped stile which leads to a wooden bridge. From here a reasonably clear path now leads into a broad fire break. Pass by the Memorial to Ralph Forlow, a young shepherd lost in a blizzard. Continue due E, along a very wet fire break to another wooden bridge leading directly to a forest track. Turn L, then R onto outward route. Follow back to car park.