New Barr Trail

Approximate distance 3 miles (5 kilometres), approximate time 90 minutes.

The village has a new footpath, starting and ending in the centre of the village. Part of the agreement for tree planting in former pasture called Traboyack Fields was the creation of a public access footpath, which can now be walked.

Latest update, January 2018:  Now that a logpile has been removed, the wooden gate (A) is now visible from the Doularg end of the walk, at least when there are no leaves on the trees.  So it is possible to walk it anticlockwise via the B734.  The few metres from the road to the gate A are rough terrain however.

Please note, Autumn 2016: logging operations have obliterated the way in to the walk from the road by Doularg. It is best at the moment to access the trail from the White Knowes track, which unfortunately is less clear to follow than the other way round, especially as the promised waymarkers have never materialised. An Ordnance Survey map, Explorer 317 or Landranger 76, is recommended. Hopefully the way in at Doularg will be restored soon.


Map of new trail (bigger pdf)

Click on the map to enlarge it. The trail is marked in red.

1. Go out of the village over the Gregg Bridge and at Alton Albany Farm B&B turn left up the track to White Knowes.
2. After a mile, where the track starts to level off, turn right into the woods.
3. You will pass under some telephone wires, then through an old dry stone wall.
4. Walk down a wide firebreak in the trees to your right, and you will emerge into the new wooded plantation, though it is mostly long grass at the moment.
5. Ahead you will see a double height metal gate (B), which can be opened, and a ladder stile.
6. Go through the gate. The path veers off to the left, though you can go around the plantation following a fence to the right as well. The path is basically a track made by a quad bike. Continue downhill, with good views of the village to your right.
7. At the bottom of the plantation is deer gate (A). You can go through this and onto the B734 at Doularg. Turn right on the road to return to Barr.

Please note there is no parking at Doularg; this is a circular path so please start and finish in the village. Remember to shut gates behind you and follow the country code.
Thanks are due to the landowner and Scottish Woodlands.

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