Craufurdland Countryside Walk (Field Path)

A walk for the more adventurous! Quiet country roads quickly lead into the woodland of Craufurdland Estate. You will pass the fishing loch and the Laird’s Table cafe/restaurant, as well as cross a ford (using the footbridge!) The return leg of the walk is via a public right of way across farmland.

Technical sheet
No. 24930036
A East Ayrshire walk posted on 05/08/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 08/08/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h05[?]
Distance Distance : 6.98km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 34m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 34m
Highest point Highest point : 112m
Lowest point Lowest point : 67m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : East Ayrshire
Starting point Starting point : N 55.630539° / W 4.481745°
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Woodland Track

Description

(D/A) From the car park next to the Tesco supermarket, head across the grass verge and onto the pavement of Glasgow Road/B7038.

(1) Turn left (North East) and walk along the pavement for 450m until you see a single track road on your right, signposted “Borland" (street name on the map is Meikle Road). Cross the Glasgow Road onto Borland.

(2) You'll cross the Fenwick Water then the road will start to go uphill. Near the top of the hill there is a crossroads - continue ahead (East) past the brown access information sign. The road takes you onto the A77 flyover.

(3) 140m beyond the flyover, turn left (North East), following signs for "Borland Lane walking and bike trails". This takes you into Craufurdland woods.

At the end of the long, tree-lined track turn right (South East).This woodland trail brings you out onto the main road in the Estate.

Turn left (North East) and walk along the road, passing the fishing loch and the Laird's Table cafe, and continuing to leave the Craufurdland Estate via the gated entrance.

(4) Turn right (South East) on Waterslap and follow the road 380m to a cottage. Beyond the cottage there is a bridge over the Craufurdland Water and immediately after crossing a bridge look for a ‘Footpath’ sign on your right where there is a gap in the stone wall, leading onto a narrow woodland trail.

Go through the woods. The trail will emerge onto a field at a stile. Cross the stile. There is no visible path beyond this point - just stick to the perimeter of the field, keeping the fence on your right-hand side. This will lead you to another stile. Cross it and the field beyond, then repeat again once more.

(5) When you arrive into the fourth field, cut straight across it in a south west direction (rather than following the perimeter fencing), and the same on reaching the final field.

(6) You will arrive at a final stile leading onto Wardlaw Road. Cross the stile then turn right (West) to reach a ford.

(7) Cross the ford via the footbridge then continue along the road for 800m, walking beneath the A77 flyover on the way.

Turn right (North) at the end of the road junction. This takes you back to the crossroads you were at earlier (2).

Turn left (South West) and retrace your steps back to the car park next to the Tesco supermarket (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 79m - Tesco store, Glasgow Rd, Kilmarnock (KA3 1UT)
1 : km 0.48 - alt. 86m - “Borland" signpost
2 : km 0.8 - alt. 83m - Crossroads
3 : km 1.29 - alt. 93m - Left turn into Craufurdland Woods
4 : km 3.39 - alt. 96m - Footpath sign after cottage
5 : km 4.61 - alt. 82m - Stile onto 4th field
6 : km 5.09 - alt. 72m - Stile onto Wardlaw Road
7 : km 5.17 - alt. 71m - Ford
D/A : km 6.98 - alt. 79m - Tesco store, Glasgow Rd, Kilmarnock (KA3 1UT)

Useful Information

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Transport

  • Car parking available next to the Tesco store, Glasgow Rd, Kilmarnock. Rather than using the supermarket car park, use the area beside the row of shops/takeaways, close to the Glasgow Road/B7038.
  • Closest train station is in Kilmarnock, 1.5 miles away
  • Local bus service and buses to/from Glasgow stop on Glasgow Road, at the start of the walking route

Terrain
Expect a fair amount of mud in the woods most times of the year as well as 5 stiles to cross as you move along the field boundaries.

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

  • Craufurdland Woods - many informal walking and biking trails
  • Laird's Table - cafe/restaurant which also has a takeaway window
  • Bringan Ford
  • Dean Castle & Country Park near by - visitor centre, countryside ranger service, cafe, toilets, walking trails, deer park, duck pond, children's play area, farm animals

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