A beautiful countryside walk into the popular Dean Castle Country Park, taking in both Fenwick Water and Craufurdland Water. There are options to extend to visit the castle, Rural Life Centre, duck ponds and kids play area.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Start at Tesco supermarket, Glasgow Road, Kilmarnock (KA3 1UT)
From the front door of Tesco, walk as though you are going around the back of the store (East) and go past the front of the small row of shops / takeaways. Cross over the car park and grass verge to reach Glasgow Road, just along from the roundabout.
(1) Turn left (North East) onto Glasgow Road and continue for 500m until you see a country road on your right-hand side signposted ‘Borland’ (shown on the map as Meikle Road). Carefully cross Glasgow Road onto Meikle Road.
After 300m you will reach a crossroads - turn right to continue on Meikle Road. After a further 260m keep right again, at which point the road becomes Assloss Road. Enjoy the open countryside for the next 600m after which you will reach a crossroads opposite the Riding Stables. You are now in Dean Castle Country Park.
(2) Turn into the road on your left (South East) and then turn almost immediately right (South) onto a woodland trail heading into the trees.
Follow the trail through the trees. Initially you will be up quite high and will be able to see the Craufurdland Water appear far below you on your left. The path starts to descend fairly steeply and then hugs the river (still on your left) as it winds its way past the animal enclosures. After 1km on this trail, you will arrive at a surfaced road where there is a crossroads.
(3) Turn left onto the road and across a bridge. You will begin to see your first signs of Dean Castle ahead. Continue on this surfaced road to pass along the side wall of the castle and then turn right to arrive at the front of Dean Castle. Explore the grounds if desired, then retrace your steps to the bridge (3)
Cross the bridge and on arriving back at the crossroads, turn left (North) to follow the footpath along the Fenwick Water. This by-passes the play area, Rural Life Centre and duck ponds which are all well worth a visit if you have kids with you: the paths across to these amenities are obvious from the riverside footpath, which you should re-join when ready to continue the walk.
After a gentle uphill slope, the path leads to Assloss Road at a gate. Go through the gate, turn left and left again to cross a road bridge above the Fenwick Water.
(4) Walk up the hill ahead (North West) for 170m, then turn right (North East) onto a residential street called Forest Grove.
At the end of Forest Grove walk past a row of garages and you will pick up a lane leading to Glasgow Road. Cross over carefully and retrace your steps to go across the car park and return to the start point at the Tesco supermarket (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 262ft - Tesco supermarket, Glasgow Road
1 : mi 0.38 - alt. 282ft - Borland - country road
2 : mi 1.13 - alt. 256ft - Start of woodland trail
3 : mi 1.99 - alt. 194ft - Bridge
4 : mi 2.37 - alt. 246ft - Right turn onto Forest Grove
D/A : mi 2.71 - alt. 262ft - Tesco supermarket, Glasgow Road
By car - parking at Tesco, Glasgow Rd.
By bus - regular bus service from Kilmarnock and Glasgow with a stop on Glasgow Road opposite the Tesco store.
Mixture of surfaced roads, paths and woodland trails - the latter can be muddy at times. A few steep uphill/downhill sections. No steps.
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