As well as the famous 7stane mountain bike trails, this forest also has several walking routes for you to explore and enjoy. All the walking routes start from the Town Wood Car Park, which is close to Dalbeattie.
Dalbeattie to Colvend
Built by Dalbeattie Forest community Partnership this long distance route begins at the Town Wood Car Park and takes you all the way to Colvend. Once you have reached Colvend why not enjoy some refreshment at the Treats and Eats Cafe? For those who don't want to walk back there is also a limited bus service that runs back to Dalbeattie, but check timetables before you go. [Route]
Other Walking Routes Include
Rascarrel Bay to Balcary Bay Clifftop Walk
This excellent walk includes some of the best coastal walking in the area, heading along the clifftops and then the shoreline between Balcary Point and Rascarrel. It is deservedly popular. Please do take care along the clifftops as they are unfenced.
Sandyhills to Rockcliffe Coastal Path
Described as one of the finest coastal paths in Britain, with views over the Solway to Cumbria and the Isle of Man. Mostly a clifftop walk but with some lovely bays at lower levels this is a strenuous 3 hour walk - we suggest doing part of it first, or have either a car at each end, or use the local bus (regular stops) for a welcome lift home. This coastline offers many other beautiful walks, as featured in the TV programme ‘Coast' including the ‘Mersehead' wetland wild life reserve with a long dune walk - a complete wildness experience!
Kippford & Rockcliffe
A forest and coastal walking area. The round trip takes around 1 ½ to 2 hours and offers wonderful views, including the ‘Muckle' and ‘Mote of Mark' a 5th centaury hill fort with marvellous views of the ‘Rough Firth'!
There are a number of walks within and near Dalbeattie including the Titanic Trail Town Walk, Rounall Wood and Colliston Park. All of these walks and others are listed on the Dalbeattie website here: www.dalbeattie.net
The Galloway Forest Park
This forest park has many different walking routes from easy to moderate to hard. It is a fantastic place to explore with some of southwest Scotland's most dramatic scenery. There are also three visitor centres situated within the park where you can find out more about the park and enjoy light refreshments.
You can find the Leaflet for walks in The Galloway Forest Park here: Click to download a copy of the leaflet
You can also find a list of all the avalaible walks by visiting the website: www.forestry.gov.uk/gallowayforestpark
For more walking routes in Dumfries and Galloway visit Dumfries and Galloway Walks at www.walkhighlands.co.uk/galloway/ which provides detailed routes and maps for visitors to the area.
Just a few more ideas... You could also go for a walk on the Threave Estate, either to Threave Castle, the circular walk around the estate or through the Gardens.