Walk 31 – Bringan Ford, Kilmarnock – 5.4 miles

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A countryside walk along minor roads, residential pavements and woodland footpaths. You will cross Bringan Ford en route as well as part of Kilmarnock's flagship park: the Dean Castle Country Park.

  Parking available off Glasgow Road beside Tesco store (KA3 1UT). Local bus services stop on Glasgow Road close to walk start point.

Bringan Ford

WALK REPORT: 7th April 2016

This is a loop my mum walks regularly and had recommended to me, albeit she tends to do a slightly longer version to & from home. I have memories cycling parts of it years ago but am not sure whether I had ever walked it before today. I particularly enjoyed the first part which takes you along quiet country roads past the Fenwick Water and Craufurdland Water (over a Ford – definitely the highlight of the walk and where it gets it’s name from!), a cluster of cottages and out onto Grassyards Road.

I was less keen on the next section along Kennedy Drive, it went on for too long for my liking. However it did give me the opportunity to see where Silverwood Primary School is for the first time ever! [Update Feb 2018: There is now a new footpath off Kennedy Drive entering the Dean Castle Country Park earlier which may tempt you and which I can recommend trying out] The last section, through the Dean Castle Country Park, is a favourite stomping ground of mine and so is a place I feel completely at home in. There are many trails within the park to explore.

Mum and I have already decided we will be returning to the start of this walk soon to take the ‘Private’ road along to Craufurdland Castle, somewhere neither of us has ever visited despite living close by all our lives! I understand they hold many events in the estate grounds such as muddy trials 10k and 5k races and a kids outdoor nursery school among other things. Definitely worth checking out!

Quiet riverside road allowing you to pass safely under the A77 (photo from Feb 2018)
View over the farmland across to the south side of Kilmarnock from Grassyards Road
Dean Castle Country Park
Dean Castle Country Park

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