Corserine Access Path Improvements – Update

The Corserine hill path and its associated linked paths offer one of the iconic walking experiences of the Galloway Glens area. The path system provides a safe and enjoyable access to the climb to the summit of Corserine (814 metres) as a local landmark which offers stunning views of the Galloway Glens and the Merrick Wild Land Area.

The access paths through the Forrest Estates (part of the Fred Ohlsen group) land were badly damaged by floods and landslips during the June storms. The main path alongside Folk Burn was washed out and left in a dangerous state and the alternative 3 Dykes path to Meikle Millyea was also badly damaged. Brian and the team at Forrest Estate have worked hard to restore and stabilise the paths. Works needed have included the stabilisation of the Folk Burn river bank and the Corserine hill track together with improvements and even reconstruction in part of both main hill path and the Meikle Millyea/3 Dykes path. The main works are nearing completion and will include new waymarking and interpretation/information boards at the edge of the forest blocks. The Galloway Glens landscape partnership is pleased to support a project which sits well with our core aims of improving access to the wild and natural places and heritage sites within the Galloway Glens.

Brian Hilditch, Forrest Estates site manager said:

Forrest Estate are very happy to be working with the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership to improve public access on the popular Rhinns of Kells route.  Forrest Estate have both welcomed and  encouraged managed public access in this area for decades and the contribution from the lottery funding is gladly received to further improve infrastructure from the existing forest road network to the treeline.  Thank you for bearing with us over the years when ground conditions and heavy rainfall made the paths more challenging than normal.  Following the recent upgrade works many positive comments have been received and we hope that many of you reading this who haven’t visited Forrest Estate or the Corserine will put it on your ‘to do list’ in the near future.  The views can be spectacular!

Jonathan Barrett, Land Management and Access Officer said:

The Corserine access path improvements across the Forrest Estate land will make a significant improvement in access to a key local landmark and walking route. It is a pleasure to work with a major company such as Forrest Estates who show a real commitment to opening up and improving access to land and assets in their care.

Photo Credit: Galloway Glens Scheme