305 pm Sandyhills to Rockcliffe

Sandyhills is a lovely place. And, for the first time for many weeks, I truly feel I’m beside the seaside, rather than on an estuary.

a01 Sandyhills, Ruth walking the coast in Dumfries and Galloway

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305 am Southerness to Sandyhills

The day gets off to a wintry start. Stong winds and dark skies over Cumbria. I take a quick photograph of Southerness lighthouse and zip up my jacket. There’s rain coming.

01 Southerness Lighthouse and storm clouds, Ruth Livingstone

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304 New Abbey to Southerness

I return to New Abbey – and this time I have a proper camera with a full battery. Unfortunately, the light isn’t as good as yesterday, but I take some reasonable photographs of Sweetheart Abbey.

01 Sweetheart Abbey, Ruth walking in Dumfries and Galloway

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303 Dumfries to New Abbey

Today the sun is shining for the first time since I arrived in Scotland. So I’m looking forward to taking some great photographs.

But when I switch on my camera… oh no… the battery is flat! What a shame. I have to use my iPhone to take a few snaps of Dumfries.

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302 Glencaple to Dumfries

I catch the bus from Dumfries to Glencaple and it drops me off in the car park. Criffel looms across the river, dark and sullen.

01 Glencaple wharf, Ruth hiking to Dumfries, Scotland

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301 Brow Well to Glencaple

Today I planned to park at Glencaple, then take a bus to Dumfries, where I would change to another bus to get back to Clarencefield. It would be a late start to my walk and a precarious beginning…  but at breakfast my kind host steps in and offers me a lift. Yay!

We drive in convoy to Glencaple, and then he drops me off at Brow Well.

01 Brow Well, Ruth walking the Scottish coast, Dumfries and Galloway

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300 Annan to Clarencefield

It’s a dull morning. I cross the River Annan via the road bridge and join the tail end of the Annandale Way. There are relatively few long-distance hiking trails in the area, but this is one of them.

01 Bridge over River Annan, Ruth Livingstone walking the coast of Scotland

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299 Gretna to Annan

It’s my first proper walk in Scotland, and I’m freaked out by the absence of public footpaths on the map. First thing to do is visit the tourist centre (as suggested by Alan Palin). Rather bizarrely, the centre is located in Gretna’s large retail park.

01 Gretna Green retail park, Ruth coastal walking in Scotland

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298 pm Rockcliffe to Gretna

Rockcliffe is a pretty village, and slightly raised above the low-lying ground on either side. After lunch I continue walking north, parallel to the river, along a quiet lane that’s bright with daffodils.

20 leaving Rockcliffe, Ruth walking from Carlisle to Gretna

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298 am Carlisle to Rockcliffe

Today is going to be one of those weird days when I “walk the coast” without being anywhere near the coast. It’s also going to be a longish walk (for me), because I’m determined to reach Scotland before I have to return home this evening.

Yes. Today it’s Gretna Green or bust!

I park my car in Carlisle, near the castle, and set off towards the river. The skatepark is empty at this time in the morning, so I can take plenty of photographs of graffiti without feeling awkward.

01 graffiti, Ruth in Carlisle, Skateboard park

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