SATURDAY 19 MAY, 2017
MULL OF GALLOWAY LIGHTHOUSE TO SANDHEAD
16 MILES 7 HOURS
MORRIS, BILLY, STEWART, GEORGE, STUART, JOHN AND PHIL
DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1617 MILES
After a nice meal and a few beers it was early bed last night. Today would be the last of our weeks walking and would complete the circuit of the Rhins.
After breakfast we headed off in the minibus for the journey back to the lighthouse at the Mull of Galloway. It was lovely sunshine when we set off from the lighthouse car park down the steep hillside to the cliff top path which led us along to the bay at East Tarbet. On the north side of the bay we picked up the path again which led us along the cliff tops to Portankill where we made our way onto the beach. It was nice to be walking at the sea edge again as we had not done much of that yesterday. We walked on passed the caravan park at Maryport Bay to Cailiness Point. The tide was well out and we chose to walk on the sand in preference to the track which followed the grass area above the beach. Rounding Cailiness Point we walked through Drummore harbour and across Drummore Bay. We passed another caravan park then walked across Kilstay Bay towards Terally Point. Underfoot conditions changed here to stones and pebbles which slowed us down considerably and made the walking much more difficult. After crossing New England Bay we passed another caravan park at Balgowan Point and continued on the shore tack to Logan Mills where we detoured inland along a rough road passing near to the Logan Windmill before turning right through some woods back to the sea edge at Chapel Rossan Bay. On reaching Ardwell we decided to stop and have a lunch break at the picnic tables in the parking area close to the sea. Feeling refreshed we set off again walking in the sunshine initially on the track on the grass area above the beach. We walked on across Drumantrae Bay then passed Dyemill and Ardwell Mill to the finish of the day and the week’s walking at Sandhead. Sitting in the sunshine at a picnic table on the sea front at Sandhead we enjoyed a refreshment and some snacks while reflecting on what had been a great weeks coast walking.
Summary; Another really enjoyable walk in lovely sunshine. In general underfoot conditions were good. One or two uncomfortable parts over stony beaches. Not as picturesque as yesterday but still fantastic.
Highs; The great weather and basically flat walking most of the way.
Lows; None, other than the end of another walking trip.
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