Sandyhills to Carsethorn. 15 Miles


Southerness Lighthouse

Today the weather was much improved over yesterdays horrendous non stop rain. I initially thought that I could go across Sandyhills Bay and ford the river (Southwick Water). However the tide was coming in and I had been advised that tides are very quick and that the river would fill first and so after walking a mile or so I decided that it was too risky to take the chance and turned round and reluctantly headed for the main road which climbed above the bay.

The area is infamous for its fast tidal waters and quicksands so I think I made the right decision to avoid the shore on this occasion. I had been told last week in a church cafe at Dundrennan of two people who had go caught out trying to walk to Heston island and had got stuck in the mud and drowned when the tide came in – I didnt want to sufer the same fate as those two unfortunate souls.

After by-passing the river by walking to Caulkerbush, the road turned south and headed towards the Mersehead wildlife reserve, and the long stretch of beach that headed east towards Southernness.  Southerness is characterised by one of the oldest lighthouses in Scotland which unusually is square shaped rather than round.

After stopping at the hotel for a quick coffee I set off again towards Arbigland and Paul Jones Cottage. Unfortunately my gps was showing a path which turned out to lead deeper into overgrown nettles, wild roses and various other flora that ganged up to scratch and tear at my skins and clothes. I trained vainly to battle me way towards what I could see was the back of an orchard but gave up as the brambles and bushes were just too dense. I couldnt believe it – this was the first time in the whole of my walk that had been in such a ridiculous situation like this. (I’d been in plenty of ridiculous situations – but this was a new variety). I decided to backtrack as my battery on my map/phone/gps XDA device was just about done and I had visions of thrashing about in the dark if I didnt get my act together.

Eventually I came into a clearing that led into the grounds of what I presumed was Arbigland and by now my phone was flat as a pancake. Eventually I got back by following minor roads and using my uncanny and keenly developed sense of smell, although by now it was dark and 9.30 at night. Jings what an adventure.

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2 Responses to Sandyhills to Carsethorn. 15 Miles

  1. anna patterson says:

    Hi, I found my way to your site from a reference in August’s Strider. Have enjoyed reading your journal and seeing your photos very much.
    I have spent time over the last 20 years walking the coast of Britain. I have reached the Scottish border on the west coast and on my way to the border on the east coast too. I am looking forward to the considerable challenge of Scotland in the years ahead and would absolutely support a lobby for a national coastal path – albeit from a distance in London! keep me posted if there is someway I might be able to help. Best wishes Anna.

    • treb123 says:

      Hi Anna,

      Thanks for your post – Im due to finish this Saturday – good for you for on walking around both ways! I hope you have a great time walking Scotland – a bit remote but I’m sure you will enjoy every mile! I look forward to adding your name to my list of circumnavigators!

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