Beattock Drove Roads, Forest of Ae
Start location: Ae Bridgend (NY 011 867)
End location: Beattock (NT 078 028)
Geographical area: Dumfries and Galloway
Path Type: Leisure Path, Drove Road
Path distance: 21km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians, Suitable for Bikes
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From Ae Bridgend on the A701 Beattock to Dumfries road (bus route) a public road goes northwest to Ae village. The route to Beattock is now signposted and waymarked from 1km beyond the village. A forest road strikes off to the right (parking at a picnic area in 2km) and goes up the west bank of the Water of Ae for a further 1½km to cross it by a bridge. Continue up the east bank, rising steadily to NY010964 from where two routes are possible:
(a) To continue directly to Beattock, carry on to leave the forest by a gate at NY017974. Follow the forest boundary eastwards by an old drove road and in 2km re-enter the forest to join a green ride and go northeast to Long Cairn, a prominent structure. Continue through the forest to join a track to Stidriggs Farm and from its road end join the public road to Beattock.
(b) Alternatively, to follow the cycle route, turn left at NY010964 go NW, N and E for 2km to reach Blue Cairn continuing easterly and contouring northeast round Mount Haul to pass an old quarry on the left-hand side of the road before reaching NY024994. Here, where the forest road turns sharp right, turn left onto a green ride and go past the Shepherd's Cairn to Lochanhead. Cross the Lochan Burn just downstream of Lochanhead Cottage and turn northeast along the bank. Go through a wicket gate, cross a field and join a tractor track to Kinnelhead and the public road at the bridge across the Kinnel Water. Finally, follow the 'Crooked Road' to Beattock.
OS Landranger 78 (Nithsdale & Annandale)
Old drove road and cycle route through the Forest of Ae.