Walk 5-1: Striding over Benbrack

This strenuous route takes us to some of the wildest and highest countryside featured along the route of the Southern Upland Way. The Striding Arch, a sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy on the summit of Benbrack is a highlight, and indeed the high point of this walk.


We join the Southern Upland Way at St John’s Town of Dalry and head north east.

We follow in the footsteps of our forefathers along this remote old trading route which is steeped in Covenanting history.

From the Striding Arch sculpture on the summit of Benbrack, weather permitting, we should be able to see another two identical arches on nearby hills in Dumfriesshire.

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Register from 07:30
Depart at 08:00
Travel time 60 minutes
Start from NX 619 811
End at NX 662 994
Return travel time 60 minutes
Return by 18:30
Price (Adult) £11.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £11.00
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Walk 5-1: Striding over Benbrack