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Walking, walks in Galloway, South West Scotland around Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, Kippford, Rockcliffe



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Some walks take you through Dalbeattie Town Wood, which is home to the 7stanes MTB tracks. You may encounter cyclists so take appropriate care. Dalbeattie Town Wood has lots of trails. All of them can be accessed from the car park located near the 30 MPH limit signs on the A710 junction with the High Street. Walks shown here that start from the central Dalbeattie Park, Colliston are shown to encourage walkers to make use of the many shops in Dalbeattie Town Centre. Great for picking up drinks and snacks before your walk, or for having refereshments in the welcoming cafés and pubs afterwards.
Dalbeatte Castle Douglas Walks

plantain loch from colliston park ~ 4 miles

This walk takes about an hour at a gentle pace but you may want to spend some time at Plantain Loch where there is seating and nice views of the wildlife on the loch. Plantain Loch is in what is locally known as the Town Wood and is well used by locals for dog walking, recreation and exercise. I recommend doing the walk anti-clockwise as you look at the image as the seating then comes in to play for a rest and maybe some refreshments! You should be able to see from the image there are variations of this walk, and in the Town Wood the Forestry Commission has three trails starting from the Town Wood car park.

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heart cleft stane from colliston park ~ 6.3 miles

This walk takes you from the Bandstand in Colliston Park (two nearby carparks at the Town Hall and off John Street {the Daniel}) and at a leisurely pace will take around two hours to complete the round trip. Starting in the Park the route takes you past the Dalbeattie Star football ground alongside the Urr Water (also known as Dalbeattie Burn) before passing the Primary School, crossing Moss Road and entering Dalbeattie Forest at Spycraig.  The walk takes the red route at the start of the Forest and once past Plantain Loch (to your right) follows the Forest roads and tracks to the Heart Cleft Stane.
Having arrived at the Heart Cleft Stane you can retrace your steps or follow the cycle track to the Moyle and back to Dalbeattie from there.

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moyle hill via heartcleft stane from colliston ~ 7 miles

This walk - marked here in yellow arrows, continues the Heart Cleft Stane walk using the cycle track so take care to the junction with the path to Moyle hill. Depending how you feel you can turn left up the steep path to Moyle Hill or turn right down the steep hill to rejoin the main forest track that joins Dalbeattie to Kippford and Colvend and return to Dalbeattie (shown in blue) The short walk to Moyle Hill is steep, but if you are there on a clear day, the views are stunning. Both North to Dalbeattie and the Galloway Hills and South across the Solway Firth to the Lake District and everything in between.

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bar hill from colliston ~2 miles

This walk - is more of an "exercise" walk - there is just one view, of Falgunzeon hills and that's quite fleeting.
Having said that it takes you through some lovely woodland and if you are patient you may well see red squirells, deer and other wildlife.
The walk takes about an hour and there is some elevation.

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edingham castle from collistion ~ 2.2 miles

This relatively short walk takes you along the main road to Edingham. There is a short stretch where there is no path, and you need to cross a field to get to the Castle itself. It is however pretty much flat. If you like Castles, Edingham is small but interesting! Certainly worth a few photos. It is a "there and back" walk but you could carry on down the Caulkerbush road and head back to Dalbeattie via Moss Road. Or move on to the paddy's line walk below.

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paddy's line ~ 3 miles

You can do this walk from Dalbeattie by using the Edingham Castle Walk first and either crossing the field to Edingham Industrial Estate or following the access road. If driving to the start, follow signs for Edingham Industrial Estate and please park safely. This is a relatively short walk along the old railway track know locally as "Paddy's Line". There are a couple of gates to climb and the red lined walk entails negotiating a fence, so this is not suitable for all walkers.

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rounall wood ~ 1.5 miles

Starting from the Bandstand in Collistion Park, this walk takes about 30 minutes at a gentle pace and takes in Rounall Wood. The wood is maintained by local volunteers and skirts Dalbeattie golf club. In theory it is accessible to all and I've seen mobility vehicles several times but I've never done the walk with a monility disabled person.
It's a pleasant walk well used by locals and the loop shown takes in the wildlife quarry.  This quarry was gifted to the Town by the Maxwells.
The walk to Dalmun is accessed from this walk

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dalmun ~ 2.75 miles

You can either start from the Bandstand in Colliston Park from the walk above, or start from the small car pak sitauted to the left of the entry to Dalbeattie cemetery. Dalmun (the local name for Dalmoney Hill) has become a very popular walk, being central to Dalbeattie and offering outstanding views, weather permitting! Follow the path through Rounall wood and enter the golf course through the metal gate. The path is well-defined - watch out for golfers as you cross the fairway. The path climbs steadily as you go through signposted gates to the summit. Enjoy the views and retrace your path or take the detour shown, to the start.

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town wood viewpoint from car park ~4.5 miles miles

This walk follows the signposts for "Kippford/Colvend" and indeed can be continued to get to either destination. The viewpoint, on a fine day, offers lovely views across the Urr valley to Palnackie, the Munches, Screel and further. After a rest to have a picnic or snacks, the return journey makes this a relatively easy "circular" walk along forest roads. The route shown takes a detour on the outward trip via Woodhouse. Look out for the Woodhouse signpost after ~ 2 miles, turn right and immediately left onto the footpath.

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town wood loop 1 ~ 3 miles

Dalbeattie Town Wood has lots of loops. We'll add some more when we can. This one takes the forest tracks and can be extended around Plantain Loch or up to the Heartstane or further by combining with other walks on this page.

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town wood loop 2 ~ 3 miles

This loop picks up the track om the East side of Plantain Loch. The GPX was a bit sketchy when I last did this walk so I'll re-do it.

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town wood loop 3 ~ 3.3 miles

This loop avoids Plantain Loch. I'm not suggesting you should avoid it... it's just that this loop does.Download the GPX file for this walk
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reservoir from quarry ~ 2.8 miles

This walk can be started at the Bandstand like others do, and that will add approximately 3 miles to the round trip. The walk as shown here starts at the Quarry "car park". Drive out of Dalbeattie towards Castle Douglas and at the trafflc lights take care and go straight over, up the Quarry access road. Follow up the hill until you see the open area opposite Butterhole Cottage. The walk is initially along a path climbing upwards through a metal gate into a field. Follow the wall still climbing and then drop down to cross the A745. TAKE GREAT CARE WHEN CROSSING THE ROAD. Follow the farm access road down until you come to the cottage on your left at a Y junction. Bear right and follow the farm track up, dog-legging left then right through two farm gates. Climb upwards along the farm road to the open field. Cross the field and you'll see the reservoir. Follow the paths anti-clockwise round the reservoir. You can follow the reservoir on the West side either inside or outside the dividing fence. If you choose the reservoir side, be careful near water. Retrace your steps to the Quarry.

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gavin's loch ~ 3.5 miles

This walk can be started at the Bandstand like others do, and that will add approximately 3 miles to the round trip. The walk as shown here starts at the Quarry "car park". Drive out of Dalbeattie towards Castle Douglas and at the trafflc lights take care and go straight over, up the Quarry access road. Follow up the hill until you see the open area opposite Butterhole Cottage. The walk takes you up Munches Hill, which is quite steep and there is not delineated path through the first fields. The first loop to the right at the crest of the first field takes you to a viewpoint to see the views towards the Haugh of Urr and the Reservoir. It's well worth doing. The walk takes you into the forest and continues to climb to Gavin's Loch, a little gem! Continue past the Loch a short way for the spectacular view over Dalbeattie.

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kirkennan woodlands ~3 miles

The Munches Hills or Kirkennan woodlands hold Gavin's Loch (walk above) and offers walking along steep forest roads. This walk starts from a small car park on the A710 opposite the entrance to Kirkennan Estate. This car park is often shut and parking is limited on the verge and you should take care if parking there. The route follows established roads climbing all the way. The first loop To the summit is "off track". It can be a tricky wlak through the felled tree remains, but in my opinion the views are well worth it. Please take care.

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muckle walk ~ 3 miles

You can get a bus to Rockcliffe or drive and park in the Council Car Park. Muckle Walk takes you through pleasant forest on the forest tracks until you reach a fantastic viewpoint for views over the Solway Firth towards Cumbria. While most of the walk is on well-maintained forest roads, the route back from the viewpoint is more challenging albeit all downhill.

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woodpecker ~1.5 miles

Bus or park at Rockcliffe. Past toilets on your right, turn right up lane, through 2 gates. Follow the path over a footbridge through the field to a display board. Follow the path across the field to a gate, and on through further gates. You'll pass the Mote of Mark on your left which offers great views on a clear day. Follow the path past the woodcarving of the woodpecker to the Jubilee path. Follow towards Kippford looking out after about 1/2 mile for a large stone on your left with a white arrow. Follow the path back to the shore and the car park. This map shows a slight detour onto one of the rocky outcrops for a lovely view

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cutcher's isle ~ 3.5 miles

You can get a bus to Rockcliffe or drive and park in the Council Car Park. The walk is part of the Coastal Path walk and takes in Castle Point, a lovely view point. The first part is relatively flat, and offers lovely views of Rockcliffe, Hestan and Rough Isles, and across the estuary to Screel. You might even see the Isle of Man in the distance! The second part is more challenging (from Castle Point) but Cutcher's Isle is a magical bay and a great picnic spot on a nice day. The Coastal Walk continues to Sandyhills and will be shown in following updates.

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screel 344 metres high

Screel has to be one of the most rewarding relatively short hill walks in Scotland! There is a good path from the small car park up to the wooded area. Through that an to the summit is a well--establsihed path, but there are some steep and narrow parts. The trail along the summit to the Cairn can be boggy, but the views on a clear day are more than worth it. Intrepid walkers can continue across Midhill to Bengairn, higher than Screel, but that is not shown here. Continue on the trail down some challenging stream beds to the path that links to the forest road for a leisurley walk back, still with stunning views until the seat at the "crossroads" you passed on the way up. Follow the path back to the car park. There is a longer route along the forest roads on the way up, and even if you have just the energy to make it to the bench the views from there across the Solay Firth are worthwhile.

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auchencairn torr point circular ~3 miles

Park at the car park by the bowling club. Walk back along the road and through the lovely community garden, over the bridge, turn right. Follow the path by the river and through the gates. As you come to the Merse you can stop off at the "Bird Hide". Back on the path follow along the Merse, some sections are boardwalks, not always in perfect condition till you pass through a rickety gate near a house. Turn right through the gate and follow the road tracks to Torr Point. Lovely views of Hestan and the Solway Firth. You can detour to red haven beach before Torr point (not on this map). Walk back from Torr Point, turn right at the sign and follow the path through fields and woodlands until you arrive bak at the road, turn left. Follw to the house and turn right back along the Merse path to Auchencairn.

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doach ~1.5 miles

To get to Doach by road, take the A711 towards Castle Douglas from Dalbeattie, and follow it towards Auchencairn, past Palnackie and then the B736. The Forestry signs are about a mile on the right. There is parking but no other facilities. The track has been improved and starts off pretty much flat until you reach the limit of the wood and have to turn left. The path ascends rapidly and you should take the spur to the viewpoint at the very top. It is well worth it for the views, especially if you strike lucky with the weather.

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waterloo monument - new abbey ~3 miles

The walk to Waterloo Monument is strenuous - the second half being a steep incline. My version starts from the car park next to Sweetheart Abbey in New Abbey. There's a tearoom, pub and shops in the Village (check opening times). Walk through the Village past the Abbey Arms to the Pond and foillow the signs from there. On a clear day the views from the Monument are spectacular. The GPX track has the route up. You can retrace your steps back down. Take care on this walk.

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kennick burn laurieston ~1 mile

Kennick Burn is a mile long walk through forest with half the walk alongside the Kennick Burn (River). Although a short walk it's second half along the river is sparkling on a sunny day. From Laurieston take the "C" road towards Gatehouse of Fleet and find Parking about a mile on the left

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threave walk 1 ~3 miles

I've not updated this walk for a while due to Covid. There's lots of potential walks from Threave and I'll update them hopefully soon after April 26 2021 :-)

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