Walk: A Cornish Hill in Carrick

[Cornish Loch]

A quiet road wends its way south through increasingly remote countryside south of Straiton village in Carrick: one of the historic districts of Galloway, but now part of Ayrshire. Eventually you get to Stinchar Bridge - now there's an ugly name if ever there was one - from where a good path crosses the rocky burn and plunges into forest. After a while you emerge on the slopes of Cornish Hill, with lonely Cornish Loch suddenly coming into view near the top. The shores of the loch make a perfect picnic spot, and the full circuit gives a straightforward, short introduction to this sparsely populated region, and will leave you wanting to climb all the bigger hills you can see from the summit cairn!

[Cornish Hill]

Name: Walk: A Cornish Hill in Carrick ★★★☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 160 metres
Main summits: Cornish Hill (460 metres)
Points of interest: Cornish Loch
Start / finish: Car park off minor road at Stinchar Bridge, G.R.: NX 397957 ///grit.saving.bypassed

Route: Car park - cross River Stinchar - Cornish Hill - Cornish Loch outflow - hillside near Pedens Hut - join minor road at Water of Girvan - start
Terrain: Good paths, some ascent and descent.
Wildlife today: Small birds, generally quiet.
Weather today: Breezy with hazy sunshine, temperatures in high teens.

[River Stinchar at the start]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

[Woodland path]

[The first section climbs gently through forest, criss-crossing the River Stinchar]

[Memorial cairn on the way to Cornish Hill]

[View north-east towards Loch Doon (right) from the ascent]

[Lochan on Cornish Hill]

[Cornish Loch from one of the summit cairns]

[Looking south into the Galloway Hills]

[Descent towards Cornish Loch]

[Cornish Loch]

[Water of Girvan at the outflow from Cornish Loch]

[Water of Girvan]

[Water of Girvan]

[View from the final high point]

[Descent to the road]

[Road return to the car park]

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