|Hill walk routes to climb in SW Scotland - also coastal paths and National Scenic Areas with maps, pictures and other useful information based on extensive local knowledge|
|Other Walks Introduction|
the Solway Coast there are three National
Scenic Areas that offer some very pleasant walking indeed. These are:
Stewartry and Nith
Estuary. These links will take you to the introductory pages to each
of these sections.
For a overview of the web galleries try Otherwalks Page List.
|Walks on the site which are neither on the hills nor in these National Scenic Area are:|
Besides the above, there is plenty of very pleasant walking elsewhere in the area and the picture on the right shows some of the series of leaflets on walking which you will get for free at any tourist office in the area. Each leaflet describes 7 or 8 walks around a particular town in the region and gives other useful information about the town and it's environs. Most of the walks in these leaflets are not very demanding. There are also several books devoted to walking in the area.
The walks in this "Otherwalks" section were done in a somewhat different spirit from the hill walks. Usually when you are on a big route on the hills all geared up to take whatever the day will throw at you and with a definite route in mind that is quite physically demanding, you are in a dynamic mental mode, which is about mananging navigation and physical effort economically so that you push on and achieve the target you have set yourself.
|However in the
Scots tongue we have an expression "tae go fur a dawner" - "dawner"
being roughly equivalent to dander in English. But in Scots the meaning
of the expression is as much about attitude of mind - you go wherever chance
takes you or, as a good friend of mine says, "do whatever suggests
itself" These walks were done in just that spirit with no big pack
full of survival-for-the-day gear and a determination to be always pushing
on. They were not much more than morning or afternoon strolls where we really
took time to relax and tune in to the spirit of the place - an aboriginal
type "walkabout" physically and spiritually in some magic landscape
and we usually arranged the walk to find a pub for lunchtime.
I hope the pictures can catch some of this sense of being in a living landscape for you.