GUIDE TO PULHOWAN BURN

NAME OF RIVER: Pulhowan Burn.

WHERE IS IT?: West Scotland, near Newton Stewart, a tributary of the River Cree.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Follow the Minor road out of Newton Stewart which runs parallel to the A714 on the opposite bank of the River Cree. The burn is visible on the right hand side about 1 mile before this road crosses the River Minnoch. Park at the picnic site and climb up as far you wish. The section described below is the final fall before the road

APPROX LENGTH: The final fall is a 40 ft rock slide, although there is more above this that looks fun.

TIME NEEDED: Not long for the last drop!

ACCESS HASSLES: Unknown.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: I "paddled" the rock slide when local levels were lowish, sections above this would need some more water. However with too much the whole thing would quickly become unpaddleable.

GRADING: The section above the rock slide is G5+, the slide is easy as long as you can remain upright and pointing the right way, if not I would grade it as PAINFUL.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: All of it.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The section viewed is a steep, twisting gorge. Access to the rock slide is gained by climbing down into the gorge a little upstream. The first 6 feet of the slide are the steepest with a potential pin or trip, the rest is down hill all the way. Watch out for the constriction at the base and keep your paddles pointing forwards.

OTHER NOTES: Reckoned to be a first on 2/1/00,or do you know different?

CONTRIBUTED BY: Bob Evans.

 

 

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