Naked Walks in Galloway

Walk 5 - Kilsture Forest

Though we have know about the forest for many years this particular part was only visited in March 2021. There is a very small parking area on the left off the main road (A746) as you head towards Wigtown. This is the only parking place so if no other cars are there it is quite likely you have the forest to yourself. The forest across the road has better access so is used more. You can see from the map that paths criss-cross the forest and generally join up so it doesn’t matter where you go first. The trees are well spaced out so you can also walk where you like. Be aware some trees have fallen so do watch your step. The red lines on the map are the paths Helen and I took although we wandered through other parts too. Heading west away from the carpark after about 300m you see the other path crossing left / right (roughly north / south). Turning right takes you out of the forest through a field. The wall on the far side of the field has collapsed in places so you can get into the forest again quite easily. If you keep following the path to the right there is a cottage on the edge of the forest which I suggest you avoid. Turning left leads you to a stream, it is crossed by some planks, be careful of the barbed wire fence. Still following the path downwards the end of it appears to just run out but does carry on up to the boundary wall. We were interested in finding the cup & ring stone, but it was in a field of bullocks - always best to avoid. You can retracing your steps or as we did follow the boundary wall to pick up the path back to the car. Note: When we did the walk originally there was one other car parked which had gone bythe time we had finished - we didn’t see or hear other people at all. As it was resonably warm most of the walk was done wearing just a jacket. In warmer weather the whole route could be walked naked.
Naked Walks © M Alexander - Be Natural B&B 2020
Length varies depending on the route
© M Alexander - Be Natural B&B 2020

Walk 5 - Kilsture Forest

Though we have know about the forest for many years this particular part was only visited in March 2021. There is a very small parking area on the left off the main road (A746) as you head towards Wigtown. This is the only parking place so if no other cars are there it is quite likely you have the forest to yourself. The forest across the road has better access so is used more. You can see from the map that paths criss-cross the forest and generally join up so it doesn’t matter where you go first. The trees are well spaced out so you can also walk where you like. Be aware some trees have fallen so do watch your step. The red lines on the map are the paths Helen and I took although we wandered through other parts too. Heading west away from the carpark after about 300m you see the other path crossing left / right (roughly north / south). Turning right takes you out of the forest through a field. The wall on the far side of the field has collapsed in places so you can get into the forest again quite easily. If you keep following the path to the right there is a cottage on the edge of the forest which I suggest you avoid. Turning left leads you to a stream, it is crossed by some planks, be careful of the barbed wire fence. Still following the path downwards the end of it appears to just run out but does carry on up to the boundary wall. We were interested in finding the cup & ring stone, but it was in a field of bullocks - always best to avoid. You can retracing your steps or as we did follow the boundary wall to pick up the path back to the car. Note: When we did the walk originally there was one other car parked which had gone bythe time we had finished - we didn’t see or hear other people at all. As it was resonably warm most of the walk was done wearing just a jacket. In warmer weather the whole route could be walked naked.
Length varies depending on the route
Naked Walks in Galloway