The Southern Upland Way is a 210 mile coast to coast walking trail across the southern hills of Scotland. It goes from Cockburnspath in the east to Portpatrick in the west. I thought that it might be an interesting journey. Not walking it of course - I'm a man of advancing years with a dodgy knee. But by bike following the route as closely as possible. The trail is generally remote from roads but I plotted a route in the same general direction.
The trail crosses the regions of the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway. My journey is similar to that I did a couple of years ago (see here) but I was sure that could find plenty of new things to present to you.
|The market cross dates from 1507 |
|The path heads west to the coast at Cove|
|Heading inland I pass a small clump of tress that the map describes as "The Maiden's Paps (Breasts)"…I'm not seeing it.|
|I'm not kidding!|
The church at Abbey St Bathans. It dates from the late 18th century and contains stone from the old nunnery that gave the village its name.
|Ramblers on the trail|
|A bench with flowers for the weary traveller|
|In the town the trail crosses this rather strange footbridge. A asymmetric cable stayed timber Warren truss? Build by the Gurkhas of the British Army.|
|Ford across the Whiteadder Water|
|Harvesting an abundant Scottish resource - wind. The farmer is spreading muck on his fields. You can't appreciate the smells of the countryside as I did!|