Old Irvine

This walk covers some wonderful, varied scenery to the West and South of Langholm.

Due to land slip problems a section of this walk is now closed.
The diversion is easy to follow and shouldn’t cause any problems except people who don’t like climbing steps may not use it.

From the Kilngreen car park, return towards the town centre and turn right over the Langholm Bridge. At the end on the bridge turn left along Elizabeth Street, bear right into Caroline Street and cross the road, taking the footbridge into Buccleuch Park.

Cross the park passing between the Memorial Garden and the church to the riverside path.

Turn left when you meet the wide track and continue past Murtholm Farm to reach the main road just past Skipper’s Bridge. Turn right and follow the road, passing the cemetery road end. Just after the cyclists warning sign turn right at the waymarker on to a path leading up the wooded slope.

After a short climb, turn right on a track for about 200 metres to reach a junction before the houses. Turn left through the kissing gate and follow the track until it splits. Take the right track (ignore the spur track to the left) and keep ahead through the rushes making for the tip of the woodland above Middleholm. Pass through the gateway in the dyke and cross the small enclosure to the next gate. Turn right through the gate and follow the track to ford Gaber Gill. Follow the waymarker straight ahead to meet a ruined and grassed over dyke leading to a standing dyke. Follow this dyke (and power lines) to reach the track above Old Irvine farmstead.

Descend towards the farm, crossing the burn and keeping right on the track leading past a cottage. Follow the track through five more gates to reach the public road. This long straight track is a medieval route that linked Langholm and Annan. Turn right, signposted Langholm 5 and continue for 1.5 miles to meet the B7608.

Turn right (Langholm 3.5), and next left to cross the bridge over the Wauchope Water (Cleuchfool, Arresgill and Loganhead). In a short distance, the path is signposted to the right. Pass through the kissing gate and cross the burn. Keep to the top of the bank (and follow the waymarkers) to reach the next kissing gate. Continue with the fence on your left and at the next turn in the fence keep straight ahead to the power lines.

Turn right and using the poles as a guide, negotiate the wet areas and drains to reach another kissing gate. Continue on a line of your choice, roughly 20m to the top side of the fence and parallel to the power lines.

At a gate follow the farm track straight ahead to Becks and turn right to join the public road. After approx. 0.5 km turn left at the waymarker into the wood. Follow the path down and up the valley sides to reach a track terminus with a seat. This track will take you past some interesting smallholdings.

As you near the housing, two tracks feed in from the left. Descend the lane past the housing estate and the stables and bear left to a seat at the top of a grass slope.

Take the hairpin track downhill past the garages and at the track junction turn left to reach Eskdaill Street. Turn left along this street and at the road end turn right to return to Langholm Bridge downriver from the Kilngreen car park.

Please remember!  

Leave gates as you find them – Keep dogs under close control at all times – Keep to paths across farmland – Take care on country roads

Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges, and walls – Respect farm livestock, crops, and machinery – Take your litter home with you.

Protect wildlife, plants and trees – Guard against the risk of fire – Make no unnecessary noise.

Walkers Are Welcome

There is a guide to our walks in the format of a plastic folder containing details of our 14 way marked walks.

Each walk has an A4 OS map with details of the walk on the other side.

The pack can be obtained by post from The Langholm Walks Group, Ardlui, 63 Henry Street, Langholm, DG13 0ES. The cost is £5 plus £2.30 for postage and packing for the set of walks. Langholm Walks Group can be contacted by tel; 013873 80715 or by email at langholmwalks@gmail.com