Potholm & Castle Hill

Low Level Walks
This is a 9km hill which follows the valley of the Esk.

About Potholm & Castle Hill

Walking boots are advised as the terrain includes open hills and tracks. Cross the bridge over the Ewes Water (which you can see from the car park) and continue along the road, soon forking left. On the left is the site of Langholm Castle, of which little real trace now remains, and also the site of the annual Langholm Agricultural Show, held in September and a grand spectacle. You are on the Duchess's Walk, and soon at Langholm Lodge.

Keep right and continue on the road up to Holmhead and on to the North Lodge. Continue north through the woods for 1 km, with the Esk below and Potholm Farm visible ahead. Fork left down to the farm, keep right of the house, and at a T-junction, turn sharp right on a track that climbs steadily. Turn left with this track then right over a stile at a gate onto open ground to start the climb onto Wrae Hass. A quad bike track offers a convenient route close to the fence. Some of this ground can be boggy.

On reaching the ridge, turn right over a stile and walk uphill to another stile. Wrae Hass is old Norse for a corner of good land on a pass". Continue steadily uphill, still following a quad bike track with the remains of a stone dyke on your right, to reach the summit of Potholm Hill at 310m/1020ft. The view from here, particularly back across Ewesdale, is splendid. It is said that if you know where to look, you can see no fewer than 18 ancient forts or settlements from this site.

At a dyke junction, go straight on to continue with a sturdy dyke now on our left. Continue to where the dyke turns sharply left, and go straight ahead/ keeping to the ridge on a faint path, to the summit of Castle Hill. Many other nearby hills are clearly visible, with the monument on Whita Hill across the valley standing proud.

As you start to descend through scattered thorn trees, a wonderful view of Langholm opens out. This is the area where you may find cattle. Walk quietly and steadily and they will move away from you. Reach a rough track and follow it downhill. It curves left and reaches a gate with a ladder stile. After this the track improves and soon becomes a road passing Pathhead and winding downhill. Rejoin the outward route and turn left over the Ewes Bridge, back to the car park.

The Langholm Walks Booklet of 14 way-marked walks is available from Welcome to Langholm in the Market Place, The Paper Shop on the High Street, The Buccleuch Centre or by mail to langholmwalks@gmail.com

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