It was another lovely evening and time for some exercise. We decided to take the riverside walk following the tidal waters of the River Dee up to Tongland Bridge. A three and a half mile stroll along a level path felt doable and would take us around a couple of hours if we didn’t stop too many times to take photos.
“While looking towards the north the scene is truly delightful, the banks of the river, from Tongland to the sea, being peculiarly rich in natural beauty. In the foreground is the river sparkling in the sun’s rays, and winding like a silver thread among the green meadows; while the grounds around Compstone, sloping gently to the river’s margin, are clothed with plantations of great freshness and beauty.”
~ Rambles in Galloway, by M. McL., Harper.1876.
The tree-lined Dee Walk begins at the end of the Kirkcudbright bridge and continues upstream alongside the river.
At the end of the walk several paths lead off back into town, but carry on across the open grass and then after crossing a wooden footbridge (3/4 mile) turn left and walk along the flood embankment by the riverside hedgerow.
Unfortunately it was low tide, so the walk wasn’t as picturesque as it may be when the river is in full flow. Mud banks aren’t the prettiest of things, but still it was a lovely sunny evening and the wet mud glistened silver in the late sunlight.
Several abandoned boats provided photo opportunities
And a cormorant standing out on the sand bank drying his wings
There are good views over the reed beds and the odd bench provides a rest and chance to look back at the town.
Just before the Bridge, there is an attractive strip of deciduous woodland, with some steep drops by the river side.
And finally we reached the bridge. Which proved very difficult to photograph because of all the trees and scrub in front of it. This is a Thomas Telford design with three Gothic-pointed arches. The crenellated towers and the corbelled parapets are the work of Alexander Nasmyth.
We returned to the town by retracing our steps, though we could have followed the road back as there is a roadside footpath. There we picked up some excellent fish and chips from Polarbites and took them back to our cottage to eat.
If you enjoy a walk, short or long, then you may enjoy visiting Jo’s Monday Walk where you are in for a treat.
44 thoughts on “A Walk along the Dee”
I love the old boats, so photogenic!
Another boat lover! I’m going to have to seek out more dilapidated boats it seems 😉
So idyllic view, very well captured… 🙂
Thanks Drake 🙂
Lovely countryside. It looks like a pleasant stroll.
“if we didn’t stop too many times to take photos” … you mean YOU? 🙂
No, not just me – the OH also has a camera so he gets on with his own thing, though it is funny how often we take exactly the same shot! 😉
What a lovely walk!
It was rather pleasant AND level for once! I quite like level.
That is always good , signed very clumsy 🌷
What a gorgeous walk, I particularly like your photos of the old boats, very artsy those!
To be honest Sherri I could have just stopped there and taken dozens of photos of those boats. The peeling paintwork, the colours, the frayed rope, the rust… sooo appealing 🙂
Yes, I can imagine you doing that. But the ones you took are really lovely and should be framed 🙂
If I framed ALL the photos I like then I would need a VERY large house with lots of walls 😀
But isn’t that what you are looking for, lol 😉
What a fabulous trail! Those stunning abandoned boats are an added bonus!
Another boat fan I see 🙂 Thank you Madhu.
I wonder if the cormorant knew that it left footprints on the beach (assuming those are indeed the footprints of the cormorant).
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