This is a short and relatively easy section of the route that experienced walkers should be able to complete in half a day. This gives you time to look around the village of Wanlockhead with it’s museum of lead mining.
From Sanquhar the Way winds up through farmland, passing the Black Loch and then a strenuous climb onto the hills. Dipping slightly down to Cogshead, a perfect spot to stop for lunch you will then ascend back onto the tops before go.
Most of this section is on good paths. There are a few soft patches that cyclists and horse riders should avoid. There is an alternative route from cogshead which should be used in shooting season when advised.
|OS Explorer Maps||329 – Lowther Hills, Sanquhar & Leadhills|
|Distance||13km / 8 miles|
|Height Range||140 – 480m|
|Total Ascent||440 metres.|
|Information Shelter||Near River Nith bridge and on museum wall at Wanlockhead.|
|Leaflet Box||Brandleys NS 810115.|
|Supplies||Shops are availiable in Sanquhar or Leadhills (off route)|
|Public Transport||Trains from Sanquhar to Glasgow and Carlisle. Buses from Sanquhar to Ayr and Dumfries|