Walk 41 – Armsheugh Woods, Hurlford – 5 miles

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A peaceful walk along River Irvine then through Armsheugh Woods where you meet with the Volga Burn, and then returning to Hurlford along quiet country roads. Look out for the former Crookedholm School building and plenty of lovely properties along the way.

  Car park on Grougar Road, Crookedholm (KA3 6JT). Local bus service stops on Main Road, next to the walk start point.

River Irvine & Armsheugh, Hurlford

WALK REPORT: 23rd April 2016

The river walk from Hurlford was recommended to me by a family friend, Helen, and so I have been looking forward to trying it out. My mum was just back from a week’s holiday and this was the perfect walk to go on together to hear all her stories! It is easy walking all the way apart from one tricky section when crossing Volga Burn (it isn’t a big burn but there is no bridge so you have to find a way across using the rocks and stones).

Mum and I both enjoy a nosey at nice homes and we weren’t disappointed on this walk with lots of farm cottages and larger properties to admire along the way. I’d definitely consider living somewhere similar to this – close enough to civilization to find a shop quickly but far enough away to enjoy peace and tranquility! There was one property we passed which was hidden behind tall hedges but through them I could just make out a lovely patio area which would overlook the countryside. I could imagine myself chilling there with a book and a glass of wine! One has to dream….. 🙂 We also passed the old school building to the back of Crookedholm, which is beautiful but in quite a state of disrepair.

I would like to return to the start of this walk another day to complete the “Grougar Walk” mentioned above, which I believe runs from Hurlford to Galston beginning with the same river walk as this one but then continuing on to pass some old minor cottages, Burnbank Loch & Loudoun Kirk. There are so many walks to do in the Irvine Valley it’s hard to choose the next one!

River path which starts in Crookedholm
Former Crookedholm School

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