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A tranquil wood managed by Scotland forestry commission. If you like walking the dog’s way from the crowds, with beautiful views, varied wildlife, historical archeology sites then this is the place for you. There are three different walks which cater for all abilities and is great for the dogs. If you are adventurous you can walk to the Wood of Cree from here. There is a notice board in the car park with the walks highlighted. Look out for the beautifully carved benches.
Places to visit on route:
Monigaff church the car park is opposite the church. A lovely church with an interesting cemetery that has commonwealth war graves. Find the path from the cemetery which goes along the side of the Penkiln Burn to the gate. Come out of the gate and cross the road to the King George v suspension footbridge, amasing engineering cross the bridge to the little park alongside the river Cree.
Make your way back to the church car park. walk past the car park and take your 1st road on the right. Walk down the road and the road turns into small track, see the amasing footbridge and views of Penkiln Burn from the bridge. Follow the track which goes along side the Penkiln Burn. Go through the first gate at Claughrie Lodge and carry on, enjoying the peace and quiet and the wildlife, safe for the dogs to be off the lead. Looking left there are great views of Knockman wood. At the junction of the second gate, there are three options.
A: Turn left to take you to Knockman wood, Garlies wood and remains of Garlies castle.
B: Turn right through the white gate to walk along side Penkiln Burn on the Cumloden Estate. Please keep dogs on leads here as there are many deer around. I turned left at the footbridge and followed the burn to large footbridge after the white house on the right. I will update you when I have explored further.
C: Straight ahead through the gate, follow track to Glenmalloch Lodge, the old school room, this is now a holiday let. I have not been further. down the track past the lodge but will update you when I have explored further.
Directions Knockman Wood car park:
Go into Newton Stewart, go down the main street and follow the road around to the right and cross the river Cree towards Minnigaff. Take your 1st road on the left, signposted 'RSPB Wood of Cree' and ' Monigaff Church’. Keep following sign for Wood of Cree . Go past Monigaff church on your right and round left hand bend and up a slight incline, start to slow down when you come to some houses on the right there is a small sign for the wood on your right. Go through the closed gate and drive for 2 minutes up the forest track to the car park which is free.
Knockman Wood DG8 6SL
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