A pleasant loop on pavements and earth footpaths taking you from the Bellfield area of Kilmarnock, along the River Irvine and into Caprington Estate’s woodland. A popular route with local dog walkers.
Dog-friendly walk (can be very muddy in places!)
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Parking available on Campbell Place, just off Ayr Road (KA1 4DY)
Route: The walk starts from in front of Riccarton Early Childhood Centre on Campbell Place. Take care crossing Ayr Road and use the small lane to the right of the car showroom to access the housing estate. Turn right onto Picken Street then left onto Fleming Street. At the end of Fleming Street the pavement ends and a smaller footpath leads into the trees directly in front of you. Continue straight then the path bends left to follow the River Irvine before joining up with a wider track just next to a bridge. Turn left here to enter Caprington Estate and follow the track past a field, taking the first left into the woods. Keep right at a fork almost immediately and continue through the woods until the footpath ends at a gate leading to the car park for Caprington Golf Club. Adjacent to the clubhouse take the lane on your left into Caprington housing estate. Follow the road onto Inchgotrick Road and when it ends turn left onto Stafflar Drive. This leads you onto Cunninghame Drive and turning right you will emerge onto the busy Ayr Road. Turn left here to return to Campbell Place.
21st June 2016
My friend knows this walk well as it is pretty much her backyard and a favourite stomping ground with the kids and for walks with her dog Cooper, who also joined us today! I actually live very close to Caprington woods but had only ever visited it on outdoor learning excursions with my son’s nursery, plus one attempt at a walk here with my mum and another friend during which we seemed to somehow get lost when the road we were walking on abruptly ended at a house! So I felt it would be much better to have someone in the know show me around… One thing I do know from my past visits is that the track can be very muddy so be prepared for that!
Cooper has to be the most placid and friendly dog I have ever met: He was so well behaved! There was only one thing on his mind and that was whether or not he was going to get away with a splash in the river! I was amazed that all it took was for my friend to say no to him and he obediently walked on. He did seem to like getting in my photos too, although I didn’t take many due to too much chatting 🙂
One photo I did manage was of all the cows in the field – literally dozens of them! This just shows a small section of it but they were everywhere!