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Byne Hill - circular route or bust

Byne Hill - circular route or bust

Postby denfinella » Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:06 pm

Route description: Byne Hill, Girvan

Date walked: 01/09/2015

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 5 km

Ascent: 270m

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I'd spotted Byne Hill a while ago - Ordnance Survey maps show lots of paths and potential routes up. But the suggested walkhighlands route didn't seem ideal - mostly on a track with the return the same way, due to "serious access issues" near Brochneil. Taking a bit of a risk we parked at the cemetery near Brochneil to try a circular route, and perhaps find out what these serious issues were...

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There's enough parking space at the cemetery for several cars, with Byne Hill clearly visible beyond the gravestones.


Doing the walk this way round at least meant the potential problems would all come at the start, so we could always revert to the walkhighlands route if needed. We headed down a track to the farm at Daltippan. A gate with a sign warning about dogs was fortunately left open, with another sign advertising fresh eggs for sale. Dog barking followed, but they were behind a fence.

Feeling that maybe this wasn't a good place to attract the attention of the owners, we climbed over the gate on the far side of the farmyard, aiming for the beginning of the ridge tantalisingly close to the southwest. A muddy but reasonable track crossed Bynehill Burn on a low bridge, before bending left to follow the bank upstream. Instead we briefly headed right on grass / scrub (there's a track marked on OS maps, but it's fallen into disuse). By now the beginning of the ridge was visible just to the left, with a promising kissing gate and waymarker arrow. From here, it was easy going!

It's a beautiful, rocky little ridge with an excellent path - going by any other route would miss this, which would be a real shame. Looking up from near the base:


Arran is in view for most of the ascent:


Girvan and rolling hills behind:


Conglomerate outcrops at intervals along the ridge provide a couple of tiny scrambles, adding to the character. Looking back down:



To the left of the photos above is a car breaker's yard. The access road / track to this comes from the west, soon joining a minor road. If the yard is closed (e.g. at the weekend perhaps) it might be possible to use this track to avoid passing through the farm.

Further up, Girvan's distinctive cross outline becomes apparent:


The ridge broadened and the gradient eased. Ailsa Craig now in view:






The ground was lovely and dry all the way to the summit (not sure if it's always like this!), which has a view indicator.




From here we followed the walkhighlands route in reverse, down a path and then a track (after climbing another gate) to the junction with the A77. Several cute ponies by the monument:





Gentle track down (with some annoying flies):


Byne Hill now over to the right:


Fields by Myoch Bridge:


At the A77 we turned right and followed the road for about 100 metres along the shore.


From Shalloch Mill, a minor (although busy-ish) road led back to the start through fields.


Probably a bit lucky that the farmyard was open to visitors when we were there, thanks to the eggs. If the gate is closed, it might be worth trying another route unless you like big scary dogs. The breaker's yard access road might be another option. Either way, the ridge ascent route was the highlight of an excellent short walk, with views just as good as we hoped they'd be.
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Re: Byne Hill - circular route or bust

Postby litljortindan » Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:32 pm

Wee hill, big views.
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