Oswald Bridge - Brockle Wood - Oswald Bridge

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The walk starts in the grounds of Auchencruive Agricultural College close to Oswald Hall, built in 1764 to a design by Robert Adam. The original owner, Oswald, was chief peace negotiator during the American War of Independence. The walk passes a lovely landscape feature, a hanging garden on the side of the river built by unemployed miners in 1830. Further along the river can be seen the support of Wagonway Bridge built for the crossing of wagons transporting coal to Ayr Harbour. Originally the wagons were pulled by horses, later by locomotives. Continuing the walk takes you through the Arboretum which contains young trees of different kinds all bought by groups or individuals to commemorate an event or named for an individual. Near the end of the walk is Nellie’s Gate, where the cottage is found, which was named after a game keeper who lived there more than a hundred years ago.

Scotland - South Scotland - Ayrshire and Arran - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Good for Wheelchairs, Great Views, River, Wildlife