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Southern Upland Way - Beattock to St. Mary's loch

Southern Upland Way - Beattock to St. Mary's loch

Postby andrewl7642 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:01 am

Route description: Southern Upland Way

Date walked: 17/06/2016

Time taken: 2 days

Distance: 33.5 km

Ascent: 884m

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The Southern Upland Way is a 212-mile coast-to-coast walk in Scotland between Portpatrick in the west, and Cockburnspath in the east. The route officially opened in 1984.

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Since 2013 my friend and I have been completing the long distance trail in small stages each year (backpacking and wild camping) and have now passed the halfway mark.
We returned in June 2016 to continue from Beattock. The plan was to walk as far as Traquair (35 miles).
I have decided that next year (2017) I'll pull my finger out and get the trail completed.

On this occasion, we got dropped off at Beattock on Friday afternoon and walked 10 miles to Over Phawhope bothy. We hoped to get the bothy to ourselves but unfortunately, being a popular place it was occupied by a large group who had arrived in three cars!! We were not very amused but at the end of the day, bothy's are free shelters which are open to everyone.

Anyhow, there was still some space out front for camping. We made use of the old barn to shelter from the midges. We had food in there, washed down by several Beers which had been carried all the way from Beattock.

Pitched up at Over Phawhope bothy

In the morning, we had a quick look in the bothy before setting off on the trail to St Mary's loch. There was a lot of road walking involved then a couple of big hills and we finally made it to Loch of the Lowes, situated beside St Mary's loch. There were already a few wild campers dotted about the place but they were sound people and it was a great atmosphere and it stayed dry.

A perfect pitch at St. Mary's loch

On the Sunday the original plan was to walk the next stage to Traquair but due to a slight hangover and a late start Plus the arrival of the rain it was postponed.

Next Section: St. Mary's Loch to Traquair/Minch Moor
Mr Globetrotter constantly snapchatting the trail
Last edited by andrewl7642 on Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:11 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Southern Upland Way - Beattock to St. Mary's loch

Postby Jamboman » Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:07 pm

I doe the whole walk in 1998, took 12 days, started in June for the extended daylight. Without doubt it is truly memorable and a fantastic feeling crossing the finishing line at Cockburnspath. Wish you the best of luck
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