As I was fighting off a serious bout of man-flu 1, nothing too strenuous today: a nice circuit from Ballantrae taking in some of the tracks in the Stinchar Valley path network to Heronsford (a very cool place-name) and back. Perfect early autumn walking.
I didn’t know whether it was possible to wander through the grounds of Glenapp Castle, so it was a pleasant surprise to see a signed path heading along the Kilphin Burn in the grounds. This occasionally squelchy path criss-crossed the burn over a series of nice wooden bridges through the lovely woods with some seriously big fir trees. It emerges at Smyrton where we take our lives in our hands+paws and cross the A77 with its speedy ferry traffic. But now we are on a quiet track that heads up the hill into an area of cleared forestry and then, with a bit of meandering, end up on the old hill track to New Luce 2.
We branch off along another old, beech-lined track heading for the lane at Crailoch 3. It’s now a pleasant wander along a very quiet lane heading for Heronsford where we head into Laggan House Country Park and the forestry track back to Ballantrae. This was a pleasant 3-hour wander in attractive countryside.
|Do It Again:|