Cornish Hill Trail

A brilliant and fairly easy circular walk from the Stinchar Bridge to the top of Cornish Hill, returning via the secluded and peaceful Cornish Loch. Fantastic views on a clear day!

Technical sheet
No. 21851676
A South Ayrshire walk posted on 11/05/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 12/05/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h55[?]
Distance Distance : 5.56km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 107m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 104m
Highest point Highest point : 453m
Lowest point Lowest point : 350m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : South Ayrshire
Starting point Starting point : N 55.229777° / W 4.522453°
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Cornish Loch Moorland Trail Forest Trail


(D/A) Stinchar Bridge car park, Straiton to Bargrennan Road

(1) From the car park return to the road (South) and cross over to pick up a footpath straight ahead marked ‘Cornish Hill Trail 5km’. This leads to a footbridge over the River Stinchar.

Cross the bridge then turn left (South East). Follow the trail through the forest, gently uphill and out onto open moorland.

(2) After 2km of steady ascent you will arrive at Cornish Hill where I recommend taking the short de-tour to the summit by following a faint path to your left (North).

(3) Return to the path and turn left (North East) to begin a zig zag downhill to Cornish Loch.

(4) From here the footpath follows the Water of Girvan South down past a waterfall and across a bridge.

With the Water of Girvan now on your left-hand side, follow the footpath steadily downhill.

(5) After 1.4km you will reach a crossroads with a wide gravel track. Continue straight ahead (North West) to emerge onto a minor road. Turn left (West) onto the road and it will lead you back to Stinchar Bridge car park 1km along (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 368m - Stinchar Bridge car park
1 : km 0.19 - alt. 371m - Footbridge over River Stinchar
2 : km 2.16 - alt. 445m - Cornish Hill
3 : km 2.53 - alt. 405m - Cornish Loch
4 : km 2.86 - alt. 388m - Bridge
5 : km 4.21 - alt. 368m - Crossroads
D/A : km 5.56 - alt. 369m - Stinchar Bridge car park

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There is a good gravel path the whole way round which can be boggy in places after a lot of rain. Despite being a walk to the summit of a hill, the ascent is very gradual with no steep sections. Out of the forest can be quite exposed in bad weather or high winds and it is recommended to carry a map and compass.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Stinchar Falls
Cornish Hill
Cornish Loch
Water of Girvan

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