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NY256952 (4*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Andrew JD Smith (27/10/2004)

'Just upstream from Crurie, this is another crossing through the crystal waters of the White Esk. It lies immediately adjacent to the B709 and there is a good quality track slanting up the hill on the other side. Its about 25 yards wide and a foot deep with a stony base. It is in use by farm traffic.'

NY249949 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Page (04/10/2003)

'Mostly shallow but about reasonably deep at deepest part (at end of a dry spell ), natural river bottom to this long (60m) curving ford, you cross the deep part then drive up the partly dry river bed to the ramp out, deep ruts on the track out so care needed. Exit definitely 4x4 only, the rest, well it depends on how waterproof your engine is. We had water over the bonnet at the deepest part so beware.'

NX172710 (4*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Macfarlane (09/03/2009)

NS892037 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Andrew JD Smith (27/10/2004)

'This small watersplash is on the edge of this pleasant little village. Itís 3 yards across and 2 inches deep with a concrete base. Thereís a small waterfall to one side and a footbridge on the other, and warning signs on the approaches.'

Galloway Forest Park
NX646707 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Martin Bailey (30/07/2006)

'12 mile dirt track forest drive (small toll payable) takes in a couple of Irish bridges along its length. Speed limited to 20 mph throughout journey. Great fun even if fords are dry. Only open April to October. '

Glendinning (x2!)

NY300969 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
NY299970 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Andrew JD Smith (27/10/2004)

'Image 1 shows the first of two fords on the approach to Glendinning. Itís about six inches deep and six yards across with a rough stony base. It is on a tributary of Meggat Water, which is forded by the second crossing

The second ford is a similarly rough crossing and is about six inches deep and nine yards wide. Both the fords can be bypassed using a road bridge with a weight limit of two tons. (Image 2)'

NX959787 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Andrew JD Smith (27/10/2004)

'This ford, on the outskirts of Dumfries, is marked on the OS 1:50000 map. However, it has fallen into disuse. The route to it from the south is clear enough. But there is no evidence of vehicles exiting on the other side, and the track leading to it from Hardlawbank Farm is overgrown and boggy. The ford is over a foot deep with a base of gravelly stone.'

Mid Knock
NY300908 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Andrew JD Smith (27/10/2004)

'This ford crosses the river on a diagonal so is about 40 yards in length. It is over a foot deep. Access to it is down the side of Mid Knock Farm from the east or down a steep slope from the minor road on the other side. For brave pedestrians there is a rickety suspension bridge just downstream (just visible as a white horizontal line in the photo). Use it at your own peril and one at a time! I doubt it will last much longer.'

NX883784 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by John Brown (23/09/2003)

'Nice concrete ford on tiny, three-ply tarred lane, with Ford signs, depth gauge and footbridge. A small culvert takes much of the flow when water levels are low, but this would not cope at times of spate, leaving plenty of water for keen wetroaders.'

NY403850 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Andrew JD Smith (27/10/2004)

'The road either side of this ford is motorable with care. The ford itself is a fine concrete construction with cobbled ramps. Itís four inches deep and 17 yards wide.'

NY251987 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Page (04/10/2003)

'20m across and 30-40cm deep, natural and slippy river bottom, Marked as a ford on the map though. You need a 4x4 to get to it although a normal car can drive to within 100 yards. and very definitely 4x4 only (Kangoo's included) crossing, this one got the engine steaming nicely and the river level was low.'

Raggiewaite (x2!)

NY181820 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
NY180820 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by John Page (04/10/2003)

'More obviously a ford on an old map then the most up to date OS map, raised curving causeway of gravel across river as part of gravel road, exit ramp is deeply rutted. About 20 metres wide and very shallow (5 to 10 cm). There is also a small ford, about 2 metres wide that you cross on the track down to this (Image 2).'

Sweetheart Abbey
NX969663 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Brown (23/09/2003)

'This is a Kylie on Bondi ford - it has a smooth, firm sandy bottom. The ramps are made mucky by the principal daily traffic, the cows going between Maryfield farm and their pasture on the west shore, but are hard underneath, making it easily passable in a family car in spite of an off-putting appearance, a width of 17m and a depth of 5in. The byway from the Abbey is a little-used green lane; approach it via the yellow road past Shambellie Grange. There's a footbridge just to the south.'

Urr (x2!)

NX816645 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
NX818635 (1*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Brown (Images 1 & 3: 23/09/2003) and Martin Bailey (Image 2: 30/07/2006)

'The main ford takes a public byway across Urr Water close to the great ancient Motte of Urr. I didn't drive it in my Audi, as it's about 30m across and looks pretty deep. (Image 1 & 2)

A kilometre to the south, the OS 1:25,000 mentions Burnfoot Ford, but this has now been replaced by a bridge; it is on a private tarred farm road. Just off this on the west side, another ford shown on the 1:25K takes a farm track across a side burn (Image 3)'

NY200825 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Page (04/10/2003)

'Broken down concrete bottomed ford, drivable in a narrow normal car or a wider 4x4 as you will have to bump down some 15cm deep holes in the concrete. Shallow at about 8cm deep and only 3 to 4 metres across. Easy to get to down a farm track.'

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