Striding Arches

You should have with you the Explorer map OS 328 (2.5 inch to the mile). Cairnhead is 11 km / 7 miles from Moniaive.

The nearest hill-top Striding Arch from here is on Colt Hill. At 9 km or nearly 6 miles in total, this is a strenuous walk requiring waterproof footwear. Follow the forest road 4 km / 2.5 miles up the glen and near the top, turn right off the track at the finger post. Continue for 0.5 km / 0.3 mile along the edge of the forestry to the arch on top of Colt Hill. To return, retrace your steps.

A 14 km / 9 mile walk will take you to the Striding Arch on Benbrack (hill-walking boots recommended). Follow the forest road up the glen for 4 km / 2.5 miles and, near the top, at the finger post, turn left off the track. Continue for about 200 metres along the edge of the plantation, then turn left along the Southern Upland Way for approximately 3 km / 2 miles to the arch on top of Benbrack Hill. To return, retrace your steps.

At present there are no defined forest roads or paths leading to the Striding Arch on Bail Hill, so you need to be prepared to find your own way, with the help of map and compass.

Should you wish to follow in the steps of Andy Goldsworthy – from one hill-top arch to the next around the perimeter of the glen – you should be prepared for rugged conditions and a challenging hike of roughly 16 km / 10 miles over hilly terrain, again armed with a map and compass: the route will be created gradually by those who walk it.

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Walking: Cairnhead

Below is a dowloadable PDF providing information about the Striding Arches, including a detailed map to help you navigate around the area.

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