Mary Smith has managed to make me feel like an indolent spectator whilst she braves the mountainside, gorse, heather and bogs on a New Year’s Day walk… she also was inspiring as was her husband and his meandering footwear. Great post and suggest that you sit back and enjoy in the warm with your feet up….#recommended
Happy New Year to everyone!
In a determined effort to walk off the mince pies the DH and I decided on a fairly rigorous (for us) New Year’s Day hill climb. Criffel is one of those hills, practically on the doorstep that you intend to climb and never get round to it. January 1st was a gorgeous, gloriously sunny day here in south west Scotland, we didn’t have anything else which needed to be done so there was no reason not to do it.
Credit: Darrin Antrobus/Field near Maxwellfield, view towards Criffel
At 569m / 1867ft Criffel is by no means the highest of Dumfries and Galloway’s hills, but looks higher because of the way it rises up from the flat coastal around the Solway. It dominates the landscape and is the eighth most prominent hill in southern Scotland.
There’s a car park for walkers at Ardwall Mains, a…
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