MONDAY 9 OCTOBER, 2017
GARLIESTON TO WIGTOWN
11 MILES 6 HOURS
MORRIS, BILL, PHIL AND JOHN
DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1628 MILES
Three days walking were planned for this trip, starting at Garlieston where we finished on Day 118. Unfortunately due to family illness we had to return home a day early. We set off at 6 a.m. for the drive to Wigtown where we left the car, bought some food and caught the local 415 bus to Garlieston.
It was a nice dry sunny morning when we set off walking on the minor sea front road northwards out of Garlieston. The tide was out and on leaving the town we made our way onto the beach and walked across Garlieston Bay. Entering the woods we picked up a path which we followed round Eggerness Point. At this point the path moved inland and we decided to stay close to the sea edge although there was no obvious track to follow. Near Port Whapple we again picked up a well walked, signposted path, which we followed through the woods close to the sea to Innerwell Port. Here the path ended and we edge fields, some with a fully grown maize crop, passed Orchardton Farm. This part proved quite challenging with several wide, deep burns and patches of nettle and bramble bushes to cross. On passing east of South Balfern the walking became much easier and we were able to follow several farm tracks onto a minor road at Crook of Baldoon. A core path signpost at Crook of Baldoon confirmed our map interpretation that there was no way of crossing the river by continuing ahead and we took the minor road inland passed Mains of Baldoon. On reaching the minor road to Baldoon Mains Farm we made our way up onto the disused railway line shown on the map which we were able to follow for half a mile before walking at the edge of some woods passed the farm where we rejoined the minor road and walked on to the bridge at Bladnoch. After crossing the river Bladnoch we walked a short distance on the road before entering a field and following the river along to the embankment where the now dismantled railway bridge used to be. We were able to walk on the disused railway line into Wigtown the end of the days walk.
Summary; Another enjoyable walk in nice weather. In general underfoot conditions were good. One or two uncomfortable parts at the edge of fields and through brambles. Basically flat walking most of the way.
Highs; The three mile woodland walk from Garlieston was a pleasant change to most of our recent walks.
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