Four Coo's and a quarry
Avro Lancaster ME729 at the Black Rocks

 There was no competition at Dumfries on this day but Donna was going over to help at a friends Highland Dancing class, this mean't I only had 3 hours to fill, which wasn't enough time to head off up a hill so instead I went to check out a crashsite that is right next to a main road.

There's actually two crashsites right next to the A713 between Carsphairn and Dalmellington, I'd already been to one of them, a KB29 Superfortress* near Brockloch Tower, so today I was going a couple of miles further north to look for any remains of an Avro Lancaster that crashed into an area known as the Black Rocks.

Above and below:-Some locals passed on the way to The Black Rocks, I think the one below was the head cow as it had two earrings!

The Lancaster crashed just above an old quarry which made the location very easy to find and there was a conveniantly placed layby just a couple of hundred yards up the road.


The pug, parked in the layby on the A713.

The Lancaster was reported to have crashed above the quarry with wreckage being scattered down the slope, over the road and into the burn on the other side. Unfortunately the conveniantly placed layby had also proved conveniant for flytippers so although the burn contained quite a lot of debris there was nothing that was obviously Lancaster wreckage. I did find what looked like the smashed and rusted remains of a radio but of course it was more likely what was left of an old telly and a large alloy panel half buried in the mud turned out to be a piece of lino!


View north up the A713 from the layby, the Black Rocks are on the right.

Undeterred by my lack of success in the burn I made my way up the quite steep slope to the grid reference where a Museum group had found some fragments of the Lancaster, but after having a good hunt around I found absolutely nothing, not even an old TV or a bit of Lino.


The old Quarry.

Having found nothing at the given grid ref I searched every boulder field or area of rocks in about a half mile radius, and all the grassy areas in between as well, but there was not the tiniest scrap to be found. This is one of those instances when I wished I had a metal detector as there was probably pieces concealed in the grass or amongst the boulders.

above and below:-The area where the Lancaster crashed.

There was several times I thought I'd spotted something through the binoculors but when I got closer it was some of those annoying white stones that look like aircraft alloy from a distance.


View down to the A713 and quarry from above.

Above and below:-Near the top of Mossdale Craig, The 'Black Rocks' would appear to be a local name as it doesn't seem to appear on any maps.

On my way back to Dumfries I came across the four Highland Cows that I'd passed on the way, but now two of them were lying in the middle of the road and they refused to move. When I wound the window down and shouted at them to shift a third one standing beside the road looked at me as if to say "Have you seen the size of our horns".


This cow was not impressed by my polite request for them to move.

At this point the head cow with the two earings stopped eating and walked over to the cow that was giving me the evil eye, it then proceeded to flick its head and catch the other cow right in the bumhole with one of its horns, this had the effect of makling it scarper up the road and the two that were blocking the road got up and followed it. Unfortunatley the four of them then decided to take a very leisurely stroll up the middle of the road for about half a mile and not fancying one of their horns through the side of my car I just had to totter along behind them.

above and below:-I was only able to get passed when the head cow decided that 'passing place' actually meant 'Arse sctratching post'.

*--KB29