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38. Muddling About (Series)
Difficulty of Trail: Easy peasy
Length of Trail: 1 - 2 miles

This series of boxes has been inspired by the book “Muddle Earth” by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. We discovered the book through the BBC which showed a shortened version on “Jackanory”. We hope you enjoy searching for the boxes and perhaps you will be tempted to try the book.

These boxes are all located in Barhill Plantation, a small wood on the outskirts of Dalbeattie. The entrance to the wood can be found at Grid Ref NX 836 619 , which is off Barhill Road. Park in the car park next to Colliston Park and walk up Barhill Road. Go past the old folk’s home on your right and the entrance to the park, also on the right. Shortly after this there is a turning to the left. Follow this un-metalled road– after a short distance you pass through a gate which is usually open. You should now be able to see the wood on your right - the entrance to the wood is a short way along from here on the right. Go through the gate - now you are ready to start hunting.

Follow the main forest road uphill. After a short while another forest road joins on the left hand side. Just past the junction there are two large piles of logs. Go to the end of the wood pile on the right and look for a tree stump. You will find what you are looking for under a covering of leaves.

The Horned Baron
Continue on up the forest road past various smaller paths. Just before you reach a wire fence with a wooden stile over it there is a smaller path on your left. . Follow this path – it will take you along the side of a dry stone dyke with a field on the other side. Continue along until you reach the corner of the field. There is another ruined wall on the left side of the path. Take about 50 steps from this point along the line of the ruined wall. Find a tree that splits into 4. The box is hidden in the wall.

Dr Cuddles of Giggle Glade
Return to the field corner and continue along the path which skirts the second side of the field. After a short distance you will pass a wall on your right. From this point take about 120 steps following the path as it swings away from the field through a small group of silver birch trees on both sides of the path. Look on the right side of the path and take the path which runs down the side of a mature stand of coniferous trees. The path goes steeply down hill. Keep the coniferous trees on your left. When the path flattens out you will find a boggy patch with rhododendron bushes on both sides. Make your way through this section as best you can. On the left you should see a crag which is about 15 feet high on the other side of a ruined wall. Some where in that crag you will find what you are looking for. Please be careful while you are looking as the rocks can be slippery.

Retrace your steps back through the boggy area and up the hill to the path at the top. Turn right. You will pass a small path on your left just before you reach the main forest track. Turn right at this point and go up hill. Just before the crest of the small rise there is a ruined wall on the right of the path. (Depending on the time of year it may be difficult to see.) Follow the wall for about 55 paces until you reach a tree stump. You have reached your goal.

The House Boat
Return to the forest road junction and turn right. Follow this track past a small path on the left and shortly afterwards a forest road will join on the left. Keep to the path you are on until it splits, at this point take the right hand path. A short distance after this you will see a second path on the left. On the right hand side of the track you are on you there is a large oak tree. If you look carefully through the thinner section of trees you will see a ruined wall running up hill away from the path you are on. Follow this wall for a distance of about 50 paces. What you are looking for is in the wall behind some stones.

Follow the wall back to the main path and turn left. Take the first path down hill, this will take you back to the gate at the entrance of the wood.

For this box, you will need:
  • An inkpad
  • Something to write with

Hidden On: 26/09/2008
Last Known Find: 03/07/2011 Please let us know your find