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Sunday, 4 January 2015

The Wigtownshire Ramblers Silver Rig Circular January 2015

Saturday's walk was roughly over the same route as our walk last March.

Twenty eight of us set out.
Our walk leader was the 'Weaver'

Through Low Camer Wood

Silver Rig Burn which flows into the Ballocharus Burn

The wee dog is called Midge

Our back up leader got his woodcraft badge for making our passage easier.

Approaching the Silver Rig mine

A not so good macro attempt of rain drops.

The water wheel housing remains.

The mine store and office ruins.

Looking over the Silver Rig loch.

The outlet (can you see the monster's eyes looking out at you ?)

Another burn crossing with strange camera effects

Old forest road over the Rig of Larg

Lunchtime by the waterfalls of the Pulniskie Burn




The waterfalls

Back on the move and the forest road to Borgan

There were no leaves on this tree so I gave it some

More of Midge.

The Roman Bridge
(our intrepid duo who ventured onto the bridge soon found out it was slippery, they took great care coming off)

The beautiful Water of Minnoch, my favourite river.
(Not to be confused with my favourite burns which are the Penkiln and the Palnure)

We stopped to say hello

Horned sheep at Borgan

Path through High Camer Wood back to the cars and the end of another excellent walk.

On our return to Newton Stewart we gathered in the Cinnamon Cafe for our excellent after walk refreshments.

Here's a selection of pictures from 


The Weavers report will follow these pictures.

Here's the Weavers walk report
Silver Rig mine walk report. January 3rd 2015

A sunny day greeted the New Year turn out of the Ramblers on Saturday. Twenty eight walkers met at High Camer Wood picnic site for a circular walk through the woods and visiting the old lead mine known as a silver mine, though very little silver was ever extracted from the lead here.

Along the road the path through Low Camer Wood was taken. This has been restored and managed by the Cree Valley Community Woodland trust, together with High Camer Wood, where the cars were parked. At this time of year there is little growth but the beauty of clear winter skies seen through the old oak tree branches is a glorious sight that disappears later when green leaf covers the bare bones of the wood.

Next site to be visited was the mine, approached by an overgrown and indistinct path from Cordocan. The mine itself is well fenced but still in need of clearing, with undergrowth preventing a good sight of the main features, which are still well preserved. It was in use periodically from the seventeenth century to the mid nineteenth century. The water wheel housing and the filled in main shaft, said to have been about 90 feet deep, were examined by the walkers. The site was surveyed in 2002 by CFA Archeology Ltd and a good report is available of this on the internet.

From the mine store and office ruins, a tussocky, wet, and forested area was crossed to Silver Rig Loch, which is a man-made reservoir built for the mine. At the outfall there is still wood surviving from its use by the mine, now over 150 years old, though the loch is well silted up, with just small open water areas along its length. When built it obviously was a very large water store.

An even harder ramble across more tussocks, slippery rocks and ridges ensued, all the while encumbered by clumps of trees which sometimes denied onward progress. At last, a stone dyke was reached and the going got easier until an old forest road led between felled forest debris to the designated lunch spot

Old sheep pens gave quick access to the delightful Pulniskie Burn, where waterfalls roared and splashed down alongside grassy banks, providing a beautiful sunny resting place for hardy walkers. It was a leisurely stop with many photographic opportunities for the camera enthusiasts.

Forest roads now took the company to a fork, where the party divided, some opting to continue the easy route by forest road, to Borgan bridge, whilst others deviated to the Roman Bridge on the Water of Minnoch, and reached the public road by a riverside walk. Rains and weather have demolished the former well-kept fisherman’s path which now is undermined in places and in danger of disappearing altogether in others.

Once the group was reunited, High Camer wood was the last area to be explored, after a short road walk. Up a small hill and into the woods, a narrow path led over soft decomposing oak leaves to High Camer Farm, now quite ruinous. A coppice of young trees was sidestepped by entering another older part of the wood, where an enormous badger set was revealed on a steep sloping site, with recent digging and gathering of bedding clearly in evidence.

At last the Picnic site and cars were reached by joining a newly laid path, which should hopefully help these beautiful woods to become more widely known and used by the public. The walkers now adjourned to Cinnamon, in Newton Stewart, for well-deserved refreshments and an enjoyable end to a great start to the ramblers New Year.

Next week’s walk is a circular coast and countryside 9 mile ramble around Portpatrick. Meet for car sharing 9.15 am Riverside, Newton Stewart, 9.30am Breastworks, Stranraer, or 10 am in Portpatrick south car park. NW 999 540. New walkers are most welcome but please phone walk leader to get further instructions. 01581 200256


  1. Looks like you've got a new four footed recruit there Jim. Lucky to get a nice sunny day out as the weather up here has been awful. It's amazing how long these basic Roman bridges have lasted.

    1. I reckon Midge enjoyed the outing Bob. Though Canmore describe the bridge thus 'A 17th or 18th century bridge locally alleged to be Roman'. Most folk around here think it was probably just a corruption of Romany, but of course you never know. Somewhere there might be ancient documentation

  2. The weather was kind, more water gushing this time?
    Great to see the four-legged Ramblers getting out and about, and that last image of Scoops of the bridge and surrounds looks like a painting. It's lovely.

    1. Hello sweet Rose, thanks for your lovely comments..
      Rose is soon to be setting out on an adventure, read about it on this link.

  3. All of your photographs are beautiful, but the pics of the Roman bridge really caught my eye. Midge looks like she really enjoyed the adventure.

    1. Thank you susie, always nice to see you visit. I like to blog and I love comments but I'm very lazy with other peoples blogs. I do visit yours occasionally but never leave comments. Every time I get on Rose's blog and see your comments, a picture of Judy Garland springs to mind.
      Happy New Year to you and your lovely family.


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