The Stake Moss Trail

The Stake Moss Trail

The trail is enjoyed in any direction whether accessed via the Mountain Lodge Estate or the B797 road. The Stake Moss trail is an easy walk that takes you past the Stake Moss Reservoir.

The Stake Moss Reservoir, like many old reservoirs, dams and watercourses, 
was to supply water to the village.
Stake Moss Reservoir, though small in size, is today the only local dam still holding water.

The position of this dam enabled a lade system that proceeds to the south entrance of the Mennock Hass tunnel. Water from the reservoir was likely used to supply water to the tunnel.

The Mennock Hass tunnel carried water through the hill to provide a water supply for mining and ore processing. 'Hass' is a Scottish word for throat.

This walk gives many beautiful views down the B797 to the Mennock Pass.

The Mennock Pass is a stunningly scenic stretch of road, running from Wanlockhead, Scotland's highest village, to the hamlet of Mennock, just south of Sanquhar.

A folklore tale about a cannibal sheep in Wanlockhead references the Stake Moss Reservoir.

Click this link, Local Folklore, to read more about the cannibal sheep and many more folklore tales, facts and stories.