Summer heatwave, no holiday plans, late booking at a cottage few miles west of my home town Dumfries. A week of cycling and walking.
Dumfries and Galloway Council doing a major re-surface of what seemed like all back roads west of Dumfries. To be fair, roads quiet and motorists not too bad.
Highlight cycling wise was a memorable circuit of the Galloway Forest Park
Started from Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre (forgettable) on a misty morning. Only snag was a puncture – first on the Trek Mountain Bike – coming away from Glentrool on route to Newton Stewart. Road had just been relaid with sharp shards of stone, (alliteration not intended!).
So started to push the bicycle the 8 miles or so towards Newton Stewart. Busy road. Kind gentleman with two dogs going in opposite direction stopped to take me to Newton Stewart and a cycle shop. From Yorkshire originally, let’s just say he had no time for ‘English settlers’ in Scotland. I was in no position to be judging his views – not many people would have gone out their road to that extent – saved me a long and uncomfortable journey. Lunch and re-charge in Newton Stewart at the Beltie Cafe / Visitor Centre and onwards up over Queen’s View.
Our cottage was basic but had everything you needed. Nice people too which always makes a difference.
Other highlights of the week in Dumfries and Galloway – a first game of golf for many a year at New Galloway GC. Mixed shall we say. Fantastic views from a parched course.
And getting an electric shock trying to get out of a field with this unsettled cow getting very unsettled …..
Also tried a spot of coarse fishing at a spot from my youth, where I also recall catching nothing ….!
and some nice forest walks, this one near Kircudbright after accidentally bumping into Princess Anne opening a new gallery and arts venue.
Week ended with an 84 mile cycle home from Dumfries to Edinburgh via the Dalveen Pass route. Had a steady tail wind making it easier
Stopped at favourite cafe in Carnwath on return – Apple Pie Bakery for a coffee, pancake or two … and a read at ‘The Sun’. Brexit brought to life in wonderful simplicity!