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The ramblers at Glenwhan
The ramblers at Glenwhan

Report Saturday 23 July Mulldonoch & Lamanchan Hill

Eight ramblers gathered at Bruce’s Stone, Glen Trool, for Saturday’s ‘A’ walk. Curlywee via the path above the Scars of Bennanbrack was the objective.

We followed the cycle route 7, eastwards through the attractive old hard wood woodlands, crossing the Buchan and Gairland Burns, both flowing full after the recent rain. We continued beside the Glenhead Burn, crossing it and heading uphill till we reached it again. Here we turned right along an old forestry track, now disused and quite overgrown, enjoying lovely views of Glen Trool, below us. This track brought us relatively painlessly onto the slopes of Mulldonoch above the tree line.

Now the hard work began and we climbed steeply over rough ground to the summit, perched high above Loch Trool. Although there had been a light shower it was now dry and we took a welcome break for lunch enjoying fine views of the Glenhead lochs and Mullwharcher to the North and Loch Dee and Curlywee to the East. The cloud was now descending over the Merrick and Benyellary in front of us and over Lamachan behind us. In view of this and the fact that two of our number had had to return to their car and would have to wait for us, it was decided to shorten the walk.

We descended South Eastwards to the Nick of the Lochans and then climbed again, into the mist and onto the wide top of Lamachan Hill. On reaching the summit, instead of turning Eastwards towards Curlywee, we turned Westwards and followed the dyke down to the Caldons Burn, taking the path along its western bank. This is a delightful path, especially lower down the hill, as it is high above the tumbling burn, with waterfalls, deep ravines and clear pools to admire. Unfortunately it appears to be little used now and it was very overgrown, and at times hard to follow. Indeed, some walkers used rather less complimentary adjectives to describe it! Great care was needed as it was wet and slippery, but after a considerable time and more than a few tumbles, we reached the forest road near the old Caldons Camp site. 

We crossed the burn by the bridge and were dismayed to see our path to the camp site all but obliterated by tree harvesting operations. However it was only a short distance and we struggled along it, through brash and bog, very happy to see eventually, coming towards us, our two friends who had brought their car to meet us at Caldons car park. Tea and scones and for some, something a little stronger, was enjoyed at House o’ the Hill before returning home.

Wigtownshire Ramblers Report Saturday 24 July Glenwhan Circular

Meanwhile, 11 other members enjoyed a 7.3 mile anti-clockwise circular walk beginning at Glenwhan Gardens.  By kind permission of Mrs. Tessa Knott, we passed through her gardens to gain access to a path through the woods North of Glenwhan.   The path joins the Southern Upland Way before emerging on to the New Luce Road, where we turned westwards, came off the road and dropped down a glen to Chlenry Farm. Turning South, we followed the burn and then farm roads past Low Chlenry and many fine looking beef cattle and then back via Old Hall.

It was a day to really appreciate being out in the countryside.  The colours of the trees and wild flowers were a joy and there were lots of ripe wild raspberries, with rowans, hazelnuts and many other plants ready to feed wildlife over months to come.  Roe deer and buzzards were seen too.

Although there were some obstacles to negotiate and the walk leader had to wave a hanky on a stick to be followed through very tall bracken at one point, one member was delighted to find and photograph some interesting fungi on this stretch.

On our return, we decided to sit outside the tearoom to have some lovely scones and coffee, and were in time to see another group arriving. No walking boots – they were a very smart looking wedding party, come to take photographs in this beautiful setting.  We wish the couple a long and happy life together and – if they ever want to take up rambling....

Next week’s walk is an 8 mile ‘C’ walk starting at Anwoth, NX 582 562. Meet at Breastworks, Stranraer at 9am or Riverside, Newton Stewart at 9.30am for car sharing. New walkers are always welcome, but they, and anyone going directly to the start of the walk should contact the walk leader on 01557 815287 for further information.