TUESDAY 10 OCTOBER, 2017
WIGTOWN TO CREETOWN
16 MILES 6 HOURS
MORRIS, BILL, PHIL AND JOHN
DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1633 MILES
Our accommodation during this trip was at the excellent Stables Guest House in Newton Stewart. Everything about this accommodation was good and nothing was too much trouble for ‘mine host’ Jacqui. Excellent breakfasts and excellent value for money and we would recommend it highly.
After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast we were ready for another days walking. We caught a local bus from Newton Stewart back to Wigtown. It was another dry, sunny day when we set off walking eastwards from the town centre passed the church and onto the minor road towards East Kirkland. This road runs alongside the marshy fields adjoining Wigtown sands and eventually the river Cree. We continued on this road passed Borrowmoss, Grange of Cree, Polwhilly and Carty Port to the junction of the A714 road where we turned north towards Newton Stewart. A short distance along the road we joined a good, signposted footpath which we followed to the A75 at Newton Stewart where we crossed the road bridge over the river Cree. At the North West corner of the bridge we found a path which took us down to the riverside and on through the woods towards Machermore Castle. In the castle ground we found the access road which we walked on for a short distance before forking right to Mains of Machermore farm where behind the farm house we used the track shown on the O.S. map to walk across a field to Carsenaw. We followed this minor road passed Roadfoot where we walked in the field on the east side of ‘the Lane’ burn to the access road to Carseminnoch where after a brief lunch stop we followed the line of the disused railway between two fields to Palnure. After a short walk beside the A75 we walked on the minor road passed the hamlet of Muirfad onto the disused railway line cycle/walkway which we followed all the way to Spittal where we joined the minor road into Creetown and the end of the days walk. We caught a local service bus back to Newton Stewart.
Summary; Without doubt one of the least interesting and least enjoyable walks on the whole coast walk so far. Ninety percent on roads or metalized cycle track with little of interest to look at.
Highs; None really other than it had to be done. Weather was good.
Lows; Boring……can’t wait to get back to the sea.
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