Hill Wood Walk, Straiton

This is a circular walk beginning in the quaint rural Ayrshire village of Straiton. Initially the route heads uphill to follow rough and sometimes overgrown, boggy tracks through an area of woodland. Enjoy fine views down into the village and the Galloway hills beyond. The return leg of the walk loops back into Straiton on a variety of terrain including farm tracks, grassy fields and surfaced roads.

Technical sheet No. 24369288

A South Ayrshire walk posted on 24/07/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 27/07/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h10[?]
Distance Distance : 9.64 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 156 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 153 m
Highest point Highest point : 225 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 98 m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : South Ayrshire
Starting point Starting point : N 55.311833° / W 4.555609°
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View towards Craigengower Hill Hill Wood Looking Back Towards Straiton Village

Description

(D/A) Leave the car park from the main entrance, cross Kirkmichael Road and turn left (North West). Almost immediately take the road on your right (North East) signposted Fowler’s Croft.

Walk along this residential street passing some pretty cottages on your left-hand side and a small burn on your right-hand side.

(1) At the end of the road follow a narrow track straight ahead into the trees (path not shown on map). You will emerge onto B741/Dalmellington Road.

Turn left (East) and walk along the roadside for 240m before turning left again (North) to cross a stone bridge onto a minor road.

(2) The road heads uphill past Hazel Lodge, just beyond which there is a fork. Keep left (North) onto a farm track.

(3) Follow this track uphill and after 640m turn left (North West) onto a wide grassy footpath in the trees (very overgrown & boggy in places at the time of writing). This path winds it’s way through a tree-lined corridor.

(4) Keep right (North) at a fork 1km along (only shown on OS map).

(5) After another 1.5km you will emerge at a gate. Pass through the gate and turn left (South) to follow a surfaced road downhill and past Altizourie farm to the B7045/Kirkmichael Road.

Crossing the road, continue almost straight ahead (West) onto a gravel track.

(6) Soon after passing Bishopland Lodge, turn left (South) at a fork and after 340m you will reach a gate at the entrance to a field.

Continue ahead to cross the field keeping close to the boundary fence on your right-hand side. The field takes the shape of a small hill and you will be walking around the base of it.

(7) Pass into a second field via a gate then head South East towards a circle of trees ahead. Keep right to go around the trees then continue East across the field to a gate which leads to B7045.

(8) Go through the gate and turn right (South) along B7045 for approx 300 metres then turn right (West).

(9) Walk along this road to reach The Old Bridge of Blairquhan over the Water of Girvan. Cross the bridge then turn left (South).

You will reach a crossroads at the B741. Cross over and continue straight ahead (South).

Take the first road on your left (East), signposted Bennan.

(10) After passing through Bennan farm turn left (East) and follow the track along until you reach Newton Stewart Road.

Turn left (North) onto Newton Stewart Road and when you reach the war memorial turn left (North West) onto Main Street/B741.

Walk through the village to reach the car park, 400m along on the left-hand side (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 109 m - Car park off Kirkmichael Road, Straiton (KA19 7NF)
1 : km 0.3 - alt. 112 m - Narrow track leading to B741, not shown on map
2 : km 1.03 - alt. 145 m - Fork beyond Hazel Lodge - keep left
3 : km 1.68 - alt. 216 m - Left turn onto grassy track through the trees
4 : km 2.73 - alt. 207 m - Fork - keep right
5 : km 4.22 - alt. 160 m - Gate
6 : km 5.14 - alt. 107 m - Fork beyond Bishopland Lodge - keep left
7 : km 5.95 - alt. 102 m - Gate into second field
8 : km 6.55 - alt. 116 m - Field gate leading to B7045
9 : km 7.32 - alt. 110 m - The Old Bridge of Blairquhan
10 : km 8.44 - alt. 112 m - Track leading to Newton Stewart Road
D/A : km 9.64 - alt. 109 m - Car park off Kirkmichael Road, Straiton (KA19 7NF)

Useful Information

For more information and a walk review visit Gillian's Walks

Transport

  • Car park off Kirkmichael Road, Straiton (KA19 7NF)
  • Local bus service stops on Main Street, 1 minute from the walk start point

Terrain
Rough and sometimes overgrown/ boggy forestry tracks, surfaced roads, farm tracks, grassy fields. A long uphill section to start off.

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

  • Village of Straiton - public toilets, cafe, shop
  • Straiton - "Ramblers Territory" - there is a network of walking trails in the area and leaflets/maps can be obtained from the information board at the car park. You can also visit the Gillian's Walks website and search for 'Straiton'.

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