Moderate route this week on Ross peninsula

WIgtownshireRamblers on the West Cairngarroch to Slannax and StrandFoot stretch.
WIgtownshireRamblers on the West Cairngarroch to Slannax and StrandFoot stretch.

This week’s walk on Saturday 8th July is a moderate route around the hills on the Ross Peninsula and Brighouse Bay. Meet at the Breastworks car park in Stranraer at 8:30am or the Riverside car park in Newton Stewart at 9am to share transport for a 10am start from the Brighouse Bay car park. (NX 634 457). If going direct to the start please contact the walk leader in case of any changes. New walkers are always welcome but please contact the walk leader on 01557 815287.

On Saturday 1 July the ramblers tackled West Cairngarroch to West High Ardwell. Saturday dawned a beautifully sunny day with a light westerly breeze. Twenty five ramblers assembled on the road leading to West Cairngarroch and set off down a delightful grassy lane leading to the sea at Cairngarroch Bay.

At the bottom of the lane, following the “Core Path”, we crossed an extremely shuggly stile and made our way through knee high rushes behind the holiday cottage and started to climb the slope to the cliff tops. On our way we were delighted with the variety of wild flowers which grew in the rough pasture. Purple Orchids of a range of shades, Ladies bedstraw, Sea Pinks, Ragged Robin and White Clovers all poked through the tussocks and whins. A brown frog posed in the grass for us to admire his excellent camouflage before leaping off among the tussocks where he swiftly disappeared.

We made our way somewhat inland to Little Float farm and then back down the lane to the shore at Float Bay. The wind had arisen further and the sun was now hidden by deepening overcast. Friendly rocks provided good seats and some shelter from the wind so we paused for lunch. As we finished lunch the first spits of rain started so, with waterproofs donned, we continued along below the cliffs.