Gatehouse of Fleet - Glencap - Dow Craig Hill - Gatehouse of Fleet

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Gatehouse of Fleet – Barlay Glen – Glencap Forest – Dow Craig Hill – Trostrie – Carse – Gatehouse of Fleet

This mainly moorland walk is the epitome of Glorious Galloway – wonderfully wide open and with vast views. Starting from the car park in beautiful Cally Woods, you take a rising farm drive to enter the Forestry Commission Scotland's Disdow and Benjarg Woods, proceeding up the Barlay Glen and into Glencap Forest, through which you walk entirely in the open along the forest road. You continue on the road across open moorland, skirting Fore Hill of Glengap to drop down beside Dow Craig and into Glengap, roughly the halfway point of your walk. The road descends to Trostrie and lower down you turn off to pass Carse and return along the course of the Old Military Road across the moors, with views to the Solway and if clear, the Isle of Man. You return via Robbers' Gate into Cally Woods and your start point.

On this walk all inclines and declines are gentle and you will need to negotiate a maximum of three stiles and half-a-dozen field-gates.

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Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, Nature Trail, Sea, Wildlife, Woodland
7/5/2023 - Marie Eperson

While still a lovely walk it is worth noting that the forest has grown a lot since it was created & the views aren't as wide open as they were. There are still some views to be seen in places once in the woods, but there are stretched where all you see is trees.

8/28/2020 - Jen Robertson

This walk truly gives you the whole Galloway experience. Moor, forest, incredible sea views, hills. Its long but a fairly easy walk. The only challenge at certain times of year is having to traverse fields of cattle with calves and a large bull! We had to climb a fence into adjacent field to avoid them. Be alert. Great walk though.