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We walked this route during a stay at Trigony House Hotel (dog friendly) by Closeburn – a short drive away.
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Park alongside the loch in one of the lay-bys - make sure the spot you choose leave enough space for a passing space. We parked at NX 94654 93706.
Walk east along the road (away from A road) past end of loch. Just beyond the end, fork left as signed to Mitchellslacks (2 miles). Pass a passing place on your right hand side then TURN RIGHT past a red and white metal gate onto a clear and roughly made forest track. This track will form the basis of the whole woodland section of the route through an anti-clockwise loop.
The track is generally downhill at first. After an S bend a deep valley is on your right hand side with a road in its bottom – but there were few views when we walked as the trees were too tall. Don't get tempted by first a left hand then later a right hand 'green' track but follow the made track to a clear fork junction. TAKE THE LEFT HAND FORK (the right hand fork is more obviously uphill). Our route soon starts to climb and passes under a field and hill on your right hand side). Hills come into view ahead right. Just beyond the end of the field KEEP LEFT at what is almost a T-junction. A short way further on when we walked there was an open area where trees had been cut on the left. This allowed good views. Stay on the main track as it BENDS hard LEFT and a lesser track joins from the right. After another 100 metres or so pass another red and white metal gate then bear left to join a metalled lane.
TURN LEFT uphill on the lane gaining steadily better views as you climb. This is a very quiet lane but your dog will still need to be under close control. Follow the lane back past the track used to enter the woods, then ahead at the fork junction to regain the start beside Lock Ettrick.