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Michael & Gay Carpenter - 2008

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NameMichael & Gay Carpenter
MonthMay 08
Duration9 Days

Rather belatedly Gay and I wanted to thank you for our beautifully organised and supported walk. We thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, the varied scenery, the remoteness, the warmth of welcome wherever we went, and the comfort of knowing you knew roughly where we were!. We are now very keen to do the second half and have earmarked April/May 2009 to do so. In due course we will be in touch to settle a programme and make a booking.

We hope you have a very successful summer with many others being able to enjoy what we enjoyed so much. We very much appreciated your wise advice and friendship - and in particular our stay at The Lodgings in Dalry

All good wishes


Port Patrick to Castle Kennedy

Awoke to storm and dire forecast. Threw sunhat and suncream in cases – won’t be needing those today! All clothes on, off to coast. Rain stopped, sun appeared! Met coastguards on training exercise – promised to go carefully! Moorland, woodland, gorse in profusion.

Castle Kennedy to New Luce

Some people never learn – sunhats in cases again! Explored beautiful castle and grounds before starting off. Sun boiling our brains – trekking towel over Mike’s head, blue sweatshirt on mine: Lawrence of Arabia and the Virgin Mary! Lovely woodland. Picnic in woods above Craig Burn – idyllic!

New Luce to Bargrennan

Thank goodness for marker poles – path often non-existent over boggy moor. Watched by 9 fascinated sheep on crossing stile. Coffee at Laggangarn standing stones after viewing beehive refuge (nice if raining). Airy view from Craig Airie. Over Ochiltree Hill in hot pursuit of thundercloud. Bargrennan after 18 miles. We survived!       

Bargrennan to Loch Dee

Lovely forest walk to start – birds singing heads off, sun hot, hats on!! Beautiful rivers and lochs, especially Loch Trool – view not shared by English in 1307 when Robert the Bruce rolled boulders down on them! Loch Dee – pretty island and dramatic purple thundercloud. Andrew picked us up – off to Dalry to his “Lodgings”.

Loch Dee to St. John’s Town of Dalry

Great to be at Andrew’s for 3 nights and unpack. Filthy forecast accurate for once – saw red squirrel sheltering in hollow tree near Clatteringshaws. Sheltered in forest for coffee. Over Shield Rig – good path through marsh. Sandwiches at Over Barskeoch leaning against wall, waved to postman. Sun came out! Lovely view of Dalry from Waterside Hill. Even our money got wet today. Got out hairdryer on return for some money laundering.

St. John’s to Stroanpatrick

Set off from Andrew’s passing seat where John the Baptist supposedly sat. Must have had v. small bottom. Fell into bog putting on overtrousers. Got soggy knickers. Rain stopped immediately. Typical! Up Culmark Hill and down past farm. Andrew collected us from Stroanpatrick. Feet up this afternoon!

Stroanpatrick to Sanquhar

Out on moorland with company of fellow walker, David (only LDP walker we met on whole route). Up Manquhill Hill, then Benbrack, highest point on Western section of Way. Lovely long ridge walk. Obstacle course in forest over fallen trees. Long ascent of Cloud Hill – weather wonderful. Picnic at top, then slow descent into Sanquhar spread out below. A long day. Glad to arrive.

Sanqhar to Overfingland

Bought fabulous food at bakery then up Coo Wynd where town cattle driven to pasture. Very marshy section up to farm called Bogg!!! Found a merk today! Good track to Wanlockhead – children in historical costume dancing to Yankee Doodle Dandy! Long pull up Lowther Hill, resident eagles high above. Wow!

Overfingland to Moffat

Delay in Watersmeet Forest: loggers had felled trees and marker posts! Over Daer Reservoir and up Sweetshaw Brae hotly pursued by thundercloud. Heavy rain in forest – made dry den under branches to eat picnic. Downhill to “Diversion” – oh no! Off down ride over boulders and fallen trees. But diversion signs held up. Finally along A701 into Moffat in heavy rain doused by passing traffic. Stiff G&T and large steak on arrival to celebrate.