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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Wigtownshire Ramblers Glenamour Kirroughtree November 2011

It's Saturday the 26th of November. Today's walk is a variation and a lengthening of a walk we did back
in September 2009.
Kirroughtree Circular 2009

Which was first thought of back in 2008 but cancelled due to bad weather.
Cancelled Walk 2008

Today's walk will start from a favourite spot of mine.
There's a group of 20 of us as we set out from Glenamour car park.
It's a very dull day and the forecast isn't a good one.All my pictures today are on my small camera and won't be great quality....sorry !

We first walk up to the boathouse.I was here earlier this month,remember my post Misty-Wispy-and-Forest-Green

From here we go over to the south of the loch and climb a slippery drystone wall.

Now we climb a boggy Craignine Hill.

From where we view Barncaughla Farm.
Barncaughla Farm was the birthplace in 1669 of John McMillan,a well known member of the cloth during the days of the Covenanters.

Alexander Peden the covenanting preacher of the period known as 'The Killing Times' was believed to have spent some time here.

It's a boggy muddy field that takes us over to the forest above Bargaly Glen.

Here we join the path known as the Papy Ha trail.
The word ‘Papy Ha’ is derived from (Papy) the Norse for a preacher or teacher and (Ha) the Saxon word for hall or house. The name refers to a site of a holy dwelling long since derelict.

We reach the forest track running alongside the Palnure and take a short break a popular scenic spot.
Quick Water
Pattern springs between alder trees turns back to the wind at Tonderghie down Grey Mare's Tail and Clugie Linn falls pierce the mountain with their din through a strip for cattle,Carseveige Burn then the chattering one,the little Louran along Barhoise with it's field of thistles the yellow clearing where Blairbuis rustles In paradise Bargaly hazelwood grow nut and leafy branch and root Under Bardrochwood field at the bridge round Kirroughtrie's brindle ridge between Muirfad Flow's long marsh and the rich loop of Meikle Carse clear Palnure,stream of the yew tree winds to the fish trap Cruives o Cree

No matter the weather this is a great spot.

I've included a few of Scoop's pictures today.Thank for getting me in the picture.

The forest road takes us along to the bridge over the burn to Corwar,
No horses anymore and the house is all shuttered up.It's a shame to see so many of the more remote dwellings being closed up.

More of Scoop's pictures.She loves to take pictures of people in difficult situations.

Lunch was taken by the burnside close to the old Bargaly lead mine shaft and memorial stone to a forestry worker.

This nice big mushroom's on a tree close by.

Back on the move after lunch it's again raining so there's not many pictures taken.
We natter to the farmer at Bargaly, then continue on through Craignine farm till we're into the grounds of Kirroughtree Visitors centre.

There's a few new boards up since I was last here.These are illustrations promoting the Dark Sky.

Most of the group are up for finishing the walk as planned along the Lade Trail.
Here's the details. Sulwath Connections-Lade Trail
It's getting really dull now but at least it's faired up.

The trail is well signposted with lots of information boards.

We get to Bruntis Loch and the Gem Stane. Each of the 7stanes Cycle Centres has a sculptured stane by Gordon Young. The Gem Stane is polished pink quartz weighing approximately 1.75 tons, and is located on the blue and red cycle trail near Bruntis Loch.This was recently vandalised when some total idiots managed to break it off it's pedestal.It's taken a while to repair and the rejoin is very visible.

From Bruntis it's a short walk via the waterfall back to the Visitors Centre.......

.......and a welcome warm drink at the cafe.
It's been an ok walk despite the weather.I think I've mentioned before that the Palnure is my favourite burn.

Below is the walk leader's report.

Saturday 26th November. Ramblers’ walk
Although there had been quite a horrific weather report for the day, twenty ramblers turned out for a walk through Kirroughtree woods and the Bargaly glen. After parking at Glenamour car park the forest road was followed to a beautiful loch of the same name. Set in a defile amongst tall trees this man made stretch of water is a quiet and hidden gem of the woods.
The open hill was the next objective where the views were shortened by the overcast skies, but the farm of Barncaughla could be seen clearly, where the prophet Peden stayed at one time. Underfoot the boggy ground meant stepping from tussock to tussock until the trees were entered once more; a forest track alongside the Palnure Burn eventually being reached via footpath and country road.
Stopping by the side of some rapids for a photo shoot, a plaque was found, inscribed with a poem portraying the delights of the Palnure burn, with an accompanying sculpture reminiscent of a ladybird.
The river was followed to Dallash and crossed by a dry ford at Corwar. The farm is unfortunately no longer inhabited, a sad reminder of the demise of small farms in the hills. The old road was just about visible leading back alongside the Palnure, but was very wet in places and another ford had to be crossed, this time by walking through the water.
Lunch time back at the rapids, on the east side of the river, the rain began to fall. It did not dampen the enthusiasm of the walkers, who examined the memorial stone to a forestry worker, and then the shaft and adit of a lead mine close by.
Belties and Shorthorns alongside the farm track leading to Bargaly farm added interest to the now wet walk, but the Visitor centre at Daltamie was soon reached. This was not the end of the walk, for now the Lade walk constructed with the assistance of Sulwath Connections brought the industrial past of Kirroughtree forest to life.
When the military road was being constructed in 1763 lead was discovered in the excavations. There began a period of mining here which lasted until the beginning of the twentieth century. Some of the shafts reached a depth of 900 feet.
The lade walk follows the route of the water collected in Bruntis loch and travelling down to the washing floors where ores were crushed and cleaned. Information boards along the way point out water holding pits, bridges for farm carts to cross, the stone and clay construction of the lade itself and eventually the sluice gates where the water was released from the dam at Bruntis Loch.
The loch is the jewel of the forest. This description is reflected by the 1.75 tons of a polished, pink quartz sculpture of a diamond, one of theSeven Stanes of the Galloway bike trail. It was designed by Gordon Young and is reached across a wonderful circular bridge over the Bruntis Burn.
The walkers now followed this burn past a tumbling waterfall back to the Visitor centre and well-earned refreshments. It had been an interesting and well suited walk for the short and damp days of November.
Next week’s walk takes in the SUW, Knockquhassen reservoir and Dindinnie. Meet for car sharing at Riverside, Newton Stewart, 9.15am and Breastworks, Stranraer, 10am, (NX 059 610). New walkers welcome. Walk leader can be contacted 01776 700707.


  1. A nice trip report! Looks very much like our weather this weekend.

  2. Thanks Maria,today (Sunday) we've a mixture of wind ,rain and sunshine.
    The tree mushroom I really should know by now is a Birch Polypore.

  3. You were very adventurous to have gone out in these conditions. I checked back to the blog of 2009 of the same walk and I saw a strange large man in shorts wonder if he is still about?

  4. According to my collins pocket book of mushrooms Jim I think that might be a birch polypore bracket fungi.If its a birch tree under that moss.This wee books Just the thing to pass the long winter evenings reading tales of what happens to you if you eat a Destroying Angel(does what it says in the title) or the unaptly named Trumpet of Death.This last is a favourite in resturants seemingly where it is called Horn of Plenty.
    Think I,ll stick to pork chops.


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