|We fairly filled the car park today.|
|Leader explaining today's route.|
|A nice gentle climb to begin with.|
|A very misty eerie "Fairy Knowe" walk.|
|Lots of lichen on the trees.|
|Kirsties Cairn.(see text)|
|Not sure what the weaver is doing here to the Newton Stewart Blogger but he does not seem to be complaining!!|
|Group testing the weight limit of the bridge.|
|The teacher was our leader today.|
The following is a wee experiment of pinching some copy from the well known blogger!!
WIGTOWNSHIRE RAMBLERS – 8 Sept 2012 – Barr Circular
On a pleasant morning, with the sun not quite succeeding in breaking through the clouds, seventeen ramblers met outside Barr village hall to commence a seven mile circular walk.
As in some other South Ayrshire villages and towns, a colourful leaflet has been produced, detailing several trails in the countryside around the village, and our walk was an amalgam of four of these trails.
The group greeted a young newcomer before crossing the Changue burn by the bridge in the centre of the village and heading up through the fields towards the forest. A forest trail was followed for about a mile before we made a sharp turn onto the Fairy Knowe trail. The walk leader had unsuccessfully attempted to persuade the group that “Knowe” was pronounced “nuff”. Fair enough, I suppose. The grassy path through the forest proved enchanting, with hundreds of red toadstools and lichen, displaying every shade of green imaginable, hanging from the branches.
Suddenly the trail opened out, with gorgeous views, myriad waterfalls and narrow wooden bridges as the track plunged and soared alongside, and across, several burns.
After a steep descent down about a hundred narrow wooden framed steps, a wider forest track was encountered leading up to our lunch spot at Kirstie's cairn. This was the signal for the sun to come out for a while. The cairn was erected to commemorate a young 19 year old shepherd who had died in a January blizzard in 1913.
After lunch we headed up the Devil's trail, a reasonably steep grassy track again lined with mushrooms and toadstools, mainly pink and red.
A sharp turn to the left took us down a long a steep and slippy path into another enchanting glen at the bottom of which we crossed a wee wooden bridge over the Changue burn. A short sharp uphill path took us back onto a forest track.
The group had to forego the opportunity to look for the Devil's footprints, and the marks of a Bible and a sword-drawn circle on the hill on the right. These marks were made during an altercation between the Devil and the Laird of Changue. One of the perils of living in the countryside, I suppose.
We headed down the trail back to the village, enjoying the spectacular views across the glen to forest and hills beyond.
Back at Barr, most of the group enjoyed the hospitality of the local hostelry, the King's Arms, before heading home.
A thoroughly enjoyable day out!
The next walk on Saturday the 15th of September is a 7 mile circular walk to the Fell of Barhullion.
Meet for car sharing at the Breastworks, Stranraer 9.15am, the Riverside, Newton Stewart 9.15am or the walk start at St Medan’s Beach Car Park (NX 366 394) at 10am. For further details or if going to the start please phone walk leader 01988 840268. New members are always welcome