Day 175: Annan to Caerlaverock – Skein & Merse

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Dumfriesshire, Scotland

Annan rail bridge, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Frost, Newbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Footbridge from Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Icicle, Newbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Frost, Barnkirk Point, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Across the Solway to Cumbria, Barnkirk Point, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

A skein of geese fly past the moon, Barnkirk Point, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Halfway to a pebble, a Scottish Terracotta Co brick, near Powfoot, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Hide, Powfoot, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

A skein of geese above Criffel I, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

The Solway sky is alive with flocks of birds. They are seasonal, between late September and early May and number some 40,000 Barnacle Geese & 10,000 Pink-footed Geese. The Barnies return to Svalbard for the summer, the Pinks to Iceland.

Brick shore, Powfoot, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

A skein of geese above Criffel II, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Frosty Merse, East Howcreek, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

A skein of geese above Criffel III, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Sunset, Bankend, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Ward Law, an Iron Age hillfort, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

The distant horizon throughout the day is dominated by the Iron Age hill fort of Ward Law where I end up pitching my tent overlooking the Solway. The sky is incredibly clear and black and my intention is to make some astrophotography from this high ground. After making a dehydrated meal for dinner, I head out of the tent with the tripod readied, but after a few moments, I’m driven back into the tent by the ferocity and bitterness of the sub-zero wind.

Frozen floods, Bankend, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Last light, Ward Law, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Slope of Ward Law and the Solway, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Approaching Ward Law, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

View across the Solway from Ward Law at dusk, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Camp within the Iron Age hillfort of Ward Law, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Happy camper, Ward Law, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

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16 thoughts on “Day 175: Annan to Caerlaverock – Skein & Merse”

    • Neither! I shoot Raw and edit when I’m home (part of the reason I’m not walking continuously as this would then be impossible). A day of walking equates to at least a day of editing.

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  1. Jimmy Hudson says:

    Enjoying your wonderful pictures from the area I walked so recently. Beautiful ice images but I don’t envy the underfoot conditions, far less the camping environment.

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    • Hi Jimmy, Ground conditions must have changed a lot in the few weeks since you passed through here. I normally find winter camping quite cosy so long as all the sleeping kit remains dry but I’d be happy to never do any icy merse walking ever again! I had the pleasure of staying with Warren & Esther last week, wonderful people aren’t they!

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    • good article, Those double concentric ramparts are still very visible. I felt the out-of-the-wind spot I camped on would have been the prime pitch for many others up there over the millennia

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