Penkiln Burn and Cumnloden Deer Park

Walking Route

Penkiln Burn and Cumnloden Deer Park


This is an attractive riverside and wooded walk with historical and archaeological interest. It is a moderate walk, with mostly level terrain and some gentle slopes, with a mixture of paved surfaces and grassy paths which may include boggy or muddy sections.

Crossing the pedestrian Sparling Bridge, the route leads through the old settlements of Creebridge and Minnigaff, which predate the ‘new’ town of Newton Stewart. After the built-up area, a lane to the left leads to the lovely St Mary’s bridge across the Penkiln Burn where you turn right along a grassy path which leads into Cumloden Estate Deer Park. Beyond a kissing gate at a small cottage, a path to the left leads towards a gate into Knockman Wood and a site of archaeological interest.

Turning left along the side of a sprue planation you reach a public road and head back into town. Passing Monigaff church you cross the Suspension bridge to Newton Stewart and back to the carpark.

5.5mi / 9km
Total climb:
361ft / 110m
Total descent:
525ft / 160m
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What you'll see

Sparling Bridge - Newton Stewart


This bridge is named after a relatively rare migratory fish.

Queen Mary’s Bridge and Waulk Mill - Newton Stewart

Bridges, Buildings

Eighteenth century former waulk mill, now converted into a dwelling.

Knockman Wood - Newton Stewart

Low Level Walks

Knockman Wood, Minnigaff can be accessed from unclassified Wood of Cree public road.

Suspension Bridge and Douglas Park - Newton Stewart


A picturesque pedestrian Suspension bridge, crossing the River Cree.