Last walk of the sunshine walking festival

The last walk of the festival saw walkers heading to Threave

The last walk of the festival saw walkers heading to Threave

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The 14th Newton Stewart Walking Festival came to a close yesterday after a week of walks roundabout and up and down the stunning Galloway countryside.

An unexpected bonus for organisers was the unseasonably warm weather with 2016 going down as the sunshine festival with glorious warm, sun-drenched days. If you add in the profusion of cherry blossom trees in bloom, the region was draped in its finest regalia for our sturdily-shod visitors.

The last walkers left from Dashwood Square yesterday morning by bus to head to Threave Castle at Castle Douglas for the five-mile ‘Birds, Castles and Gardens’ walk.

Walking Festival spokesperson Joan Mitchell said: “This has to go down as one of the most successful walking festvials we have had.

“The combination of the cherry blossom, the gorse and the blubells have made the walks especailly lovely this year.”