Misty lodge trek for ramblers

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The clouds hung low over the hills, barely clearing the slopes above Creetown, as 14 ramblers drove to the Dromore Visitor Centre for the start of their walk.

The mists swirled around restricting visibility to about 50 metres as we walked back along the road and then took the marked footpath to the old railway line.

We then turned along the railway track with the older residents reminiscing of train trips along the Paddy Line.

Turning away from the railway we passed the remnants of Little Cullendoch and followed the road through the forest to a bridge crossing the Big Water of Fleet. We soon reached the trees and arrived at our goal, the grandly named Loch Grannoch Lodge.

The small stone-built structure stood dripping among the open pine forest with all windows and doors boarded up and the lean–to structures and outside staircase demolished.

Next week’s walk, on Saturday 19th March will be a 9-mile moderate walk from Maidens to Mochrum Hill. Meet at the Riverside Car Park in Newton Stewart at 08:30am or the Breastworks Car Park in Stranraer at 9:45am to share transport. New walkers are welcome but please contact the walk leader in advance on 07963 609381 for full details.