Found in the Forest
This seems to be an old railway boundary fence post for the Port Line as the Glasgow & South Western Railway line running westwards through the Galloway Hills to Stranraer was called. It closed in the 1960s, thus removing the sensible route to the Irish ferries from Carlisle and the South. The only route reaching Stranraer now comes in from the North and since the ferries moved further up Loch Ryan, Stranraer sees much less rail use and that too may also close before too long. The route was built in the 1860s, so this unusual iron post with it’s ratchets for tightening the wires, must date from then. The old track bed makes a good walking route through the hills, though I preferred the meandering path through the forest as it’s covered in moss and thus easier on the feet.