TUESDAY15 MAY, 2017
SANDHEAD TO GLENLUCE
10 MILES 5 HOURS
MORRIS, BILLY, STEWART, GEORGE, BRIAN, JAMES, PAUL, STUART, JOHN, PHIL AND ALLAN
DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1571 MILES
In view of the weather forecast for heavy rain today we changed our plans and decided to jump ahead to Sandhead and complete the long beach walk to Glenluce as it looked an easy, straightforward route. After breakfast we dropped a car in the Wigtown County Golf Club car park at Glenluce and travelled in the minibus to Sandhead. It was raining quite heavily when we set off at the sea edge along the beach. Visibility was poor and the constant rain made taking photographs difficult. The underfoot conditions however were good and we made fast progress to Ringdoo Point where we intended crossing the Piltanton Burn. This proved impossible as the burn was running wide and deep, more like a river and we were forced to follow it back into the woods at Torrs Warren. Finding a part of the ‘burn’ narrow enough or shallow enough to cross proved futile despite a few hilarious unsuccessful attempts and we walked back two miles through extremely difficult marshland before we found a wooden footbridge a short distance from the B7084 road. We made our way out onto the B7084 road and walked to the end of the walk at the golf club.
Although we were all extremely wet we were made welcome at the golf club and afforded facilities to get out of our wet clothing. We were invited into the clubhouse where we were able to buy and enjoyed hot food and drinks. We are ever grateful to the staff and members of the golf club.
SUMMARY; The weather today was horrendous and we all got soaked……some more than others when they had unexpected ‘dips’ attempting to cross the ‘burn’. What should have been an easy walk turned into a bit of an endurance test as it took us three hours to make our way two miles through the marshland to the footbridge. What didn’t help was our map did not show the road changes including the Dunragit Bypass and rerouting of the B7084. Not much to see on a bleak very wet day.
HIGHS; Getting the walk finished and the friendliness and hospitality at the golf club. Great laughs watching some of the unsuccessful attempts at crossing the ‘burn’.
LOWS; The weather and that bloody ‘burn’.
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