Sanquhar to Wanlockhead

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 Maps329 – Lowther Hills, Sanquhar & Leadhills
Distance13km / 8 miles
Height Range140 – 480m
Total Ascent440 metres.
Information ShelterNear River Nith bridge and on museum wall at Wanlockhead.
Leaflet BoxBrandleys NS 810115.
SuppliesShops are availiable in Sanquhar or Leadhills (off route)
Public TransportTrains from Sanquhar to Glasgow and Carlisle. Buses from Sanquhar to Ayr and Dumfries