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Balloch Community woodland
Postcode for Adamson square carpark   DG8 7JF

This is a walk I always wanted to complete but couldn’t  due to Skye and then Bonnie needing the dog stroller. But in May and September of 2023, Maddie and I visited to try the many trails. We had some lovely walks; you can go for a circular walk from the square carpark up to Kirkmabreck church and then onto Balloch Bridge and the wildlife ponds and back down to the square carpark. Or the other way around.
If you prefer a shorter walk you can park at Balloch bridge and follow one for the shorter trails. Look out for the art around the walks.
We liked the trail that goes alongside the burn. Turn left out of the carpark at the ponds, go over the bridge and turn immediately left and then follow the path alongside the burn, it is so peaceful.
You can sit with a picnic by the ponds on benches or in the circular hut.
There are lots of different trails, look on their website for more information or the map below.
Visit the Gem rock museum (DG8 7HJ) tearoom for coffee on route. dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area and the Gemstone shop is well worth a visit.

Take A75 towards Dumfries, take the first signpost left for Cree town on the Old Military Road.  You can then.

1. Park in the square carpark and then walking, turn right onto St John Street, then take 3rd road on the left, Crispin Street and then turn right into kirk Brae and walk pass the church and start the walk at the top of the hill, it is clearly signposted.


2. Park in the square carpark and then walking, turn right and take first left into High Street, bear left into Minnipool Place and follow the sign for Glenquicken farm trout fishery. Then stay on this road until you arrive at the Carpark at the ponds.
You can also drive up to the ponds following these directions.

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