Wednesday, 11 November 2020

The Cushets and Potholm

Tom and I are back walking regularly on a Wednesday and we keep socially distanced which happily reduces the number of arguments we have. Today we chose the 6.5 mile route round Potholm via The Cushets and Craigcleuch. It's a grand walk but can be muddy in places. 
The big House of Craigcleuch is just behind these trees.
The popular Gates of Eden view

Part of the first half of the walk is through this fairly recently planted wood of mostly Silver Birch and it is a very attractive part of the walk. I should also add that as we passed through this wood at exactly 11.00am we stood for 2 minutes silence and it could not have been a better place to respect those killed and injured during the 2 world wars.

On the path up from the Duchess Bridge there was a sighting of my favourite bird the Dipper.
The road through the Cushets which can be very muddy in places.
The map of our walk. 

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

The End of The Fairy Loup Waterfall

I got a call yesterday from The E & L Advertiser. Somebody had phoned them to say that the Fairy Loup Waterfall had disappeared and would I go along and take some photographs. This is a photo of the Byreburn about 40 yards above the Waterfall. There has been a hole opened up and the burn is disappearing down it. 
This is the Waterfall now with no water running over it. 

This is about 400 yards below the Waterfall and where the burn now reappears from a hole at the side of the burn. The water is now much dirtier and the stretch above this is now dry.

The Pool where the burn rejoins the main course of the Byreburn

Downstream with the burn now very brown.

A Waterfall with no water

The Fairy Loup on 24th October when I went passed it on the Rotary Umbrella Walk at Canonbie.


Thursday, 15 October 2020

Langholm Walks Group Visit Greensyke Bothy

On our Warbla Walk last week I was telling Mike and Charlie about The Bothy at Greensykes. Neither of them had been there since it was converted into a Bothy. It's one of my favourite walks so we decided to visit again this week. The Bothy is officially closed due to Covid-19 but the visitors book clearly indicates that it is regularly being used and had visitors staying just a few days ago. It is really well looked after and looks very smart from the outside. With a log fire burning in the two main rooms it will be a very cosy place to stay the night.
The Meggat Valley and its so nice to see this valley is still farmed for sheep.
The walk is mainly forrest tracks and fairly easy walking with a very gradual climb.
The man made pond at Greensykes.
It must be a long walk to the toilet in the middle of the night.
The view from the road into the valley.
A refreshing cup of tea after a couple of hours walking.
The route back down to Glendinning.

A good crop of cones on the Fir tree.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

A Walk at Westwater

It has been a while since we had a Last of the Summer Wine Walk so today we headed to Westwater to do a circuit of the valley that is now a forest instead of a sheep farm. The three of us Peter, Tom and myself kept Socially Distanced and thoroughly enjoyed our 6 mile walk.
Once the trees grow a bit more there will be less to see but because the forestry road is quite high up then we should always see the summit of the hills
Near the farm buildings at Westwater we met these Donkeys that are looked after by the owners of Westwater and are in excellent condition.

Tom and Peter Socially Distanced
And still Socially Distanced although they swopped sides as Tom is deaf in his right ear and cannot hear what Peter was saying
A lovely sunny morning and we completed our walk just before a heavy shower of rain

The wind Turbines at The Craig in Westerkirk just poking their heads over the skyline

 The lovely donkeys. There were 5 of them in total and they were in the company of a single sheep who seemed to be the leader of the gang but it was past me by the time I got my camera out.

Friday, 25 September 2020

A Grand Week in Galloway

My morning walk followed this Green Lane and its the best place I have ever seen for brambles with both sides of the lane for half a mile just full of Bramble bushes.
This is Ailsa Craig just out of Loch Ryan. Gaye used to sail out there in a 15ft yacht over 50 years ago. 
This is a young Turnstone taken at Isle of Whithorn

The entrance to Portpatrick Harbour on Wednesday. We had a lovely lunch at The Crown just sitting outside in the sunshine. 
The people on this yacht were at the next table to us for lunch. They had just come over from Ireland for a day out and a nice lunch.

The Confidante is based in Lerwick and is a Survey vessel in Stranraer harbour at the moment. 
The large Portpatrick Hotel which went bust a year ago and rumour has it that it has been sold again, but it's been empty all summer. It mostly catered for bus tour parties and these have been badly missed in Portpatrick. The town is still busy, mostly with visitors from Ireland and unlike many of the small towns in Wigtownshire it is looking good whereas some of the others are really beginning to look in need of care and attention. 
Our Irish visitors heading back home after lunch at The Crown.
Isle of Whithorn which is a lovely village but showing signs of needing some money spent on the properties there. 

On our way back from Isle of Whithorn to Port William we came upon this old church in the middle of a field. It is called Cruggleton Church and was build in the 12th century by Fergus, Lord of Galloway and restored in 1890 for the 3rd Marquess of Bute. There is an ecumenical service held there every September. 
The view from the bedroom window of our holiday cottage
Portpatrick Harbour

Gaye lived in this house in Wigtown for the first 12 years of her life. It is still much the same as it was then. Her next door neighbour was the actor James Robertson Justice. We enjoyed our week in Port William and look forward to staying for another week in Wigtown next May



Thursday, 24 September 2020

A visit to Logan Botanical Gardens

On Sunday we visited these gardens in beautiful weather. It’s a fabulous place and it was so warm we had to sit in the shade several times, but that was no hardship as there was loads of beautiful Butterfly’s wherever you looked in the many flowers in full bloom.

A Eucalyptus Tree in the Australian section of the gardens.

Wonderful contrasting colours.

Butterfly’s everywhere

One of the nicest views from our garden seat.

These look like Crocuses but of course it’s autumn not spring.

The entrance to the Gardens lined with Palm trees

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