This is a circular walk that makes use of the forestry commission waymarked trails in Blairadam Forest. The walk links together all three of the trails. A leaflet showing the trails is available as a PDF from the Forestry Commission website or you can usually pick up a copy at the car park.
Distance: 3.8 miles / 6.1 km
Ascent: 410 feet / 125 m
Other routes in Blairadam:
Start from the Forestry Commission Clentry car park at grid ref NT 129 946. This is the lower car park at the forest workshops. From the picnic area beside the public road, follow the tarmac road down into the forest for 950m to reach the main car park.
From the car park head back up the road in the direction you drove into the woods from. Just before the bridge on the corner is a path on your left hand side heading into the woods. This is the blue Keltyhill Glen trail. Walk alongside the burn with its waterfall and follow the path as it loops around the back of the car park. At a junction next to a bridge keep left and follow the path to where it joins the main forest track.
Now turn right to reach the totem pole where you turn left onto an obvious path. This next section is part of both the red and yellow trails and follows the line of a mine railway. Keep straight on until you join a wide forest track and turn left.
On your right is a short diversion to a viewpoint at the site of a railway bridge over the “glen”. Return to the forest track and continue onwards to the next path on your right which is marked with a red waymarker post. This is the start of the red Glen Trail. Go downhill following the path as it swings round to the right to reach the Kelty Burn. The path then winds its way through the Glen alongside the burn crossing it a few times.
At the end of the path you will again join a wide forest track where you turn left. The track starts to go up hill but you are spared most of the ascent as you turn left at the next junction marked with a yellow waymarker. This is the Blairenbath Mine Trail. You can see the remains of mine workings at this location.
Follow this yellow trail which takes you into a deciduous area of the forest. It swings round to the right and part way along the trail you will find a bench for a wee rest if you want. When you reach the end of the trail you need to turn left onto the forest track and cross the burn at the Pieries Burn Bridge. A second burn crossing the Lochornie Burn Bridge soon follows. After this it is a short walk back to join the main forest track (ignore a turn to your left which leads back to the Glen Trai).
Turn left on to the main track and walk in an easterly direction to where you started the red trail. If you wish you could now simply retrace your earlier footsteps in reverse back to the car park. However, if you would like a slight variation you can turn right onto an obvious track into the forest. Follow this track until you reach a green forest gate at a crossroads. Turn left and follow the track to Clentry where there is a farm and some houses. Continue onwards past Clentry to arrive back at the car park.
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