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Thursday 15th August

Medium Ride

Gatehouse of Fleet and New Galloway

Maps Required Landranger 77, 83 and 84 (Bold bracketed on route)

Distance 66.7 Miles

Places of Interest

Threave Gardens and Estate (NX 753607) Owned by the National Trust for Scotland, this is a garden for all seasons, with colourful displays throughout the year. Visitor centre, restaurant and plant centre.

Tel 01556 502575

Threave Castle (NX739624) (L) A massive tower, situated on an island in the River Dee. Built by the Archibald of Grim in the late 14th century, and was later the stronghold of the Black Douglases. Ring the bell and the custodian will ferry you over

Charge

Tel 0131 668 8800

Threave Wildfowl Reserve (NX743626) (L) Regularly visited by breeding wading birds and wintering wildfowl. Bird Hides

Tel 01556 502575

Tongland Built in the 1930's, the Tongland Power Station now incorporates the Galloway Hydro Visitors Centre. You can tour the station, view the dam and check out the fish ladder

Tel 01557 330114

Twynholm There is plenty of relevant memorabilia at the David Coulthard Museum and Pit Stop Diner. His career continues but his past is well illustrated from Go carts to Formula One.

Tel 01557 860050

Gatehouse of Fleet Sited on the high street is the Mill on the Fleet. The 18th century mill building has been restored and features 2 water wheels. There is a model of the Burgh 200 years ago, historical displays and a caf.

Tel 01557 814099

Food and Drink

14 Castle DouglasP.J.'s Caf01556 502492

Garden Centre (on Eastern approach)01556 503266

Threave Gardens Tearoom01556 502575

16

TwynholmDavid Coulthard Pit Stop Diner01557 860050

28.4

Gatehouse of FleetMill on the Fleet, caf.01557 814099Galloway Country Style, coffee shop01557 814001

47.0 New GallowayKitty's tearoom (small)01644 420246

The Smithy tearoom01644 420269

Ken Bridge Hotel01644 420211

Route Description

TL Turn LeftTR Turn RightSO Straight on

XR Cross RoadsTJ T JunctionSP Sign Post

1

(84) Exit the campsite to TR at TJ, enter Shawhead. In the village;

No SP

NX 879775

2

1.0

1.0

TR at TJ, then immediately TR (Eff SO), pass entrance to Bush of Killylour RHS. CARE AT NEXT JUNCTION

SP Crocketford

Castle Douglas

NX 872760

3

4.0

5.0

TR at TJ, along A75T

No SP

NX 833728

4

0.2

5.2

TL

SP Park of Brandedleys

NX 831727

5

0.8

6.0

TR

SP Dalbeattie

NX 832714

6

2.4

8.4

TR at TJ (XR) along Sustrans 7/Old Military Road

SP Castle Douglas

NX 824680

7

1.1

9.5

SO at XR, enter Haugh of Urr

No SP

NX 813668

8

0.5

10.0

SO at XR, cross B794, carry on along Sustrans 7

SP Castle Douglas

NX 807663

9

3.0

13.0

TL at TJ, along A road, enter Castle Douglas, pass A745 LHS, in the centre of town;

SP B736

NX 771635

10

0.6

13.6

SO at roundabout, along B736, leave town, Carlingwark Loch LHS

SP B736

NX 763622

11

1.1

14.7

TL

SP Kelton Church, Threave Gardens

NX 760612

12

0.1

14.8

TR

SP Rhonehouse

NX 758609

13

1.1

15.9

TL

SP Rhonehouse

NX 745602

14

0.3

16.2

SO at XR

No SP

NX 743598

15

5.1

21.3

TL along A711, opposite power station

No SP

NX 695536

16

0.2

21.5

TR, along A762, take the first left;

SP New Galloway

NX 692534

17

0.7

22.2

(83) TL

No SP

NX 686541

18

1.0

23.2

SO at XR

SP Twynholm

NX 674542

19

0.5

23.7

SO at XR (Arden Road) TAKE CARE AT NEXT JUNCTION

SP Gatehouse of Fleet

NX 664542

20

0.9

24.6

TR at TL along A75T to immediately TL along Old Military Road. The A75T is a fast road, visability is poor to the left, so be careful.

No SP

NX 652542

21

2.7

27.3

TR at TJ, along B727, enter Gatehouse of Fleet

No SP

NX 615553

22

1.1

28.4

TR, pass through Laurieston Forest, enter Laurieston.

SP Laurieston

Golf Course

NX 603565

23

9.5

37.9

TL at XR, along A762, enter New Galloway

SP New Galloway

NX 682648

24

9.2

47.1

(77) TR at XR, leave New Galloway and cross Ken Bridge

SP Crocketford

A712

NX 634778

25

0.8

47.9

TR at TJ, along A713, then immediately TL along A712, pass through Balmaclellan

SP Crocketford, A712

NX 641784

26

12.7

60.8

(84) TL at XR

No SP (but on other side is sign to Kirkpatrick Durham)

NX 806726

27

4.5

65.3

TR at TJ, enter Shawhead

No SP

NX 851772

28

1.6

66.9

TL at TJ and return to campsite

SP Dunscore

NX 872762

0.8

67.7

FINISH