Day 193: Port Gavillan to Stranraer – 5,000 Km, Halfway!

Scotland, Wigtownshire

RAF North Cairn I, WWII Chain Home Radar Station bunker, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

RAF North Cairn II, WWII Chain Home Radar Station bunker, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

RAF North Cairn III, WWII Chain Home Radar Station bunker, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

RAF North Cairn IV, WWII Chain Home Radar Station bunker, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

RAF North Cairn V, WWII Chain Home Radar Station bunker, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Corsewall Point, the halfway point of the journey, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Halfway! 5,000km walked from london.

Corsewall Point Lighthouse, a hotel as well as a functioning lighthouse, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Overgrown cottage I, Craignawachel, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

The ferry to Ireland in Loch Ryan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Overgrown cottage II, Craignawachel, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Looking north across Loch Ryan (the first sea loch of the journey) to the Ayrshire coast beyond, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Celebrating having walked 5,000km along the coast from London, the halfway point of the journey, at Corsewall Point.

The fifth pair of shoes may have ended up with seven holes, but they survived the 1,000km I asked of them.

Back to civilisation, Stranraer.

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30 thoughts on “Day 193: Port Gavillan to Stranraer – 5,000 Km, Halfway!”

  1. Canadiannie says:

    Nothing quite like a crocheted loo roll doll in tasteful shades of pink and white to make you feel at home! We are so enjoying your blog, your photos are brilliant. I’m sorry you feel pressured into sharing them, though – maybe “authorize” yourself not to for, say, 48 hours? Might be liberating! Might also drive you to crocheting dollies for the back of the loo ….

    • Quite so! Glad you are enjoying the pics, I post them after each walking section (this lot is from a few weeks ago) as each day of walking takes a day of editing so I don’t feel too pressured and can enjoy the process. Mind you I probably could do with some more crocheting in my life!

  2. Congratulations!!! Are you replacing each pair of shoes with the same brand/style, or are you trying different ones?

    • Thank you. Normally same brand and style (New Balance Leadville) until now because it isn’t made anymore so I’m having to try something else

  3. josypheen says:

    Congratulations on making it halfway!!

    I love your regular updates and photos so it is brilliant to see that you are still going strong even after such a long distance! Those shoes are knackered though!!

  4. Harris says:

    Congratulations and well done! That is an amazing achievement already. It is interesting that the the half way point is located in Dumfries and Galloway. I didn’t expect that because of Scotland’s convoluted coastline. I have really enjoyed your photos as it is interesting to see unknown areas, and also familiar ones through someone else’s eyes. And also because I wish I was doing it, some sections more than others though! I was wondering whether you may produce a calendar or a book, written or photographic, about your journey in the future.

    • The contrast of well-known sights of which I’ve seen many photos before and completely unknown but equally fascinating places is one of the joys of this walk. I’ll be doing a book and hopefully a touring exhibition – need to start having meetings but there’s so much walking still to do!

      • Harris says:

        Both book and touring exhibition sound good!

  5. Well done Quintin, wonderful as ever. Biggest problem you have now is finding shoes that you will love as much – they always do this to the kit you like the most. Stay healthy.

    • Yes I tried four styles till I found the ones that worked for me so its pretty frustrating. Thanks for suggesting me to BBC Radio Scotland – I’m going on air tomorrow afternoon.

    • That’s very good mileage for a shoe! Personally I don’t work well with goretex in a shoe as I get too hot and takes too long to dry but everyone is very different in this.

  6. Joseph says:

    Pedestrian perforations peaked as you reached Mull of Galloway — from which you could see Scotland, England, Wales, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.

    “Of holes and regions there are seven — counting Heaven;
    as in each shoe, the upper opening’s for you.”

    *** *** *** *** *** *** ***

    The gilded rocks below your holy soles and the light-filled heavens above your victorious fists are celebrating with you.

    • Joseph says:

      Though it may feel like the outer reaches, the Mull of Galloway’s about as close as you can get on this walk around Great Britain to the centre of the British Isles.

  7. Congratulations on reaching halfway Quintin. The weather was kind to you again. You certainly gave those shoes a hammering. Keep the photos coming, I am a fan of the rarely seen. I am currently re-walking the SW coast path, clockwise this time. Usually do a week, twice a year. It took 6 years last time.

    • Thank you. The rarely seen is the prize that keeps me going. The SW coast is a classic and so dense in delights I could well imagine doing it again at some point. Following the reverse direction sounds a good idea.

  8. Joseph says:

    At the midpoint of your perambulation, a pause to consider your extraordinary offering: encompassing this island home, experiencing the life, wonder, and adventure of the whole Perimeter — and bringing it beautifully to us. Everyone’s celebrating! Thank you, Quintin.

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