Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wamphray Glen: Part 1

A favourite walk which is almost on my doorstep is that up Wamphray Glen. It begins here, where the road over to Boreland heads east from Wamphray.

This was an early spring day, in March, with the sun shining. This is the Wamphray Water at the bottom of the glen.

There's nothing difficult about this walk. I did wonder, after all the rain, whether it would be a bit muddy. The original Wamphray Glen footpath was opened in 1988 by the Earl of Mansfield, the first Crown Estate Commissioner.

Sometimes the path is beside the river ...

... and if you follow the obvious route ...

... you find that at other times the path is high above the glen.

The signs may seem to be a bit superfluous.

Just follow the way they point, in this case, following the edge of the field!

Across the glen, that's the old manse.

Looking north, that's Dundoran Plantation, site of a fort, details here.

Wamphray Place. This is the site of Wamphray Motte, where there would have been a wooden tower. The site dates from around 1100 AD. The flat area would have been surrounded by a palisade where cattle could be kept safe and there may have been timber or wattle-and-daub buildings for stabling and storage. The site may have gone out of use by the mid eighteenth century.

That's Leithenhall Farm in the background.

A different view of the site of Wamphray Place. Archaeological details are here.

Just follow the obvious path!

The noise is impressive!

The Leithenhall Burn joins the Wamphray Water.

There's not a lot of traffic hereabouts!

The walk takes you past the old Wamphray Mill, now a private residence.

At Wamphray Kirk you need to make a decision. You can retrace your steps, or take a right turn and follow the road up Kirk Brae and then walk down the Boreland road past Wamphraygate Farm to where you left your car.

Or you can continue left, following the signs for the Wamphray Glen extended walk. That will be in Part 2, hopefully soon.

Photos © Skip Cottage


  1. Can't wait for Part 2 Bob . . I did that walk the hard way in pre-footpath days!
    Take care