NOTE MARCH 2018: BUILDING WORK IS UNDERWAY AT CRAUFURDLAND FISHERY FOR A NEW CAFE DUE TO OPEN END APRIL 2018 THEREFORE PARKING MAY BE LIMITED AND/OR ACCESS RESTRICTED IN THE MEANTIME.
Starting at Craufurdland Fishery, this route follows a recently created off-road path to Fenwick before using a series of country roads to reach the village’s main street. Roadside pavements lead you back out of Fenwick and into Craufurdland Woods via a suspension bridge. The final section through the woods can be particularly muddy so you may wish to do the walk in reverse to get that part out the way first!
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Parking at Craufurdland Fishery (KA3 6BS)
Route: From the fishery head back towards the entrance gates of Craufurdland Estate at Waterslap. Just before reaching the entrance take the footpath on the left signposted ‘Fenwick 3/4 Mile’. This runs alongside Waterslap to reach the village of Fenwick, emerging opposite a residential area. Turn right along the pavement which soon runs out, but continue along the minor road to a crossroads (Woodland Burial Ground signposted to the right). Turn left here then left again onto Raith Road. At a fork in the road keep right to cross onto Kirkton Road. This will lead you to Main Road in Fenwick. Turn left here and follow the pavement through the village then along the side of the B751. You will eventually reach a left turn for Dalmusternock Farmhouse B&B. Follow the road down to pass the front of the house then turn right onto an earth track along the Fenwick Water to reach a suspension bridge. After crossing you are in the Craufurdland Estate. Follow the footpath straight through the woods (can be muddy) and alongside the loch to emerge onto a road. Turn left to return to the parking area.
WALK REVIEW: 26TH JANUARY 2018
It had only been a week since I had last been at Craufurdland Fishery to do the woodland trail, and it was then I had first come across the new way-marker. The pure joy and excitement on my face was not shared by my friend who was probably wondering what all the fuss was about! Kilmarnock was a winter wonderland that day, which as I am sure you’ll agree transforms the most drab into a place of beauty. These woods already being a place of beauty, had been transformed into Narnia. And there was a new way marker! Not just any way marker, a sparkly fresh one with a snowdrop on it. I had to come back and check it out!
What we ended up doing was this enjoyable 4 mile loop, one I would do again and am considering modifying slightly to make it suitable for my Monday Health Walk (if the suspension bridge passes the risk assessment criteria ) What I liked about it was the mixture of terrain – country roads, gravel tracks, roadside pavement, village streets, muddy woodland – a little bit of something for everyone. I wasn’t so keen on the section along the B751 which can be busy with traffic at certain times of the day, but if you time it right it wouldn’t be too much of an issue and is worth putting up with for the tranquility of the rest of the route. There are also a couple of options within Fenwick for shortening the walk should you wish, as well as places to stop in the village for a cuppa or lunch if your boots aren’t too muddy. Soon the new cafe/restaurant The Laird’s Table will be opening at Craufurdland Fishery which provides an additional venue to try.
“The snowdrop walk” was a teeny bit disappointing since there wasn’t a single snowdrop in sight. Giving it the benefit of the doubt we decided that we were perhaps just a tad early in the year (although we had seen them elsewhere!) I suspect that the creation of the new footpath has probably disturbed any snowdrop bulbs which are normally there and perhaps in future years it will be more impressive. I could certainly imagine the potential of how beautiful it might be walking along the trail with snowdrops lining it followed closely by daffodils, crocuses and bluebells as the seasons progress.
If you enjoyed this walk and don’t mind muddy boots you might like some of these which also pass through the Craufurdland Estate:
Craufurdland Woodland Trail – 1.5 miles
Craufurdland Countryside Walk (Field Path) – 4.3 miles
Craufurdland Countryside Walk (Grassyards Road) – 4.8 miles
Fenwick via Suspension Bridge – 6 miles