9 peaks to walk here in Dumfries and Galloway
Grab your walking boots and head over the Dumfries and Galloway, with plenty of open spaces for you to walk and enjoy the great outdoors.
Do you have a head for heights? Then look no further, make Moffat your hub to explore these amazing peaks. Ranging from Joe Graham Monument at 625 feet to Hart Fell Ridge at 3075 feet.
Criffel Hill set in the beautiful county of Kirkcudbrightshire, peaking at 570 m (1,870 feet) with amazing views of the Solway Coast and as far as the Lake District fells (on a clear day) including Skiddaw and Blencathra. Most hill walkers would probably reach the summit and back in around 3 hours, but take a packed lunch and make a day of it, not forgetting the flask of tea of course.
The Striding Arches are a series of sculptures designed by Andy Goldsworthy, located in Dalwhat Glen about 7 miles from Moniaive, with 4 arches in total, Benbrack, Colt Hill and Bail Hill all having them at the summit, the 4th located at the Byre at Cairnhead which is easily accessible from a forest track. The arch at Benbrack is 4 metres high, 7 metres wide and made with 31 hand-dressed red stone blocks weighing approximately 27 tons.
Screel Hill an excellent short walk with outstanding views, you may also come across red grouse whilst walking the path, once at the summit the Queensberry range can be seen in the North East, along with Cairnsmore of Carshairn and the Solway Firth to name a few. Classed as a strenuous walk, so walking boots are essential.
White Coomb part of the Southern Uplands, it`s the fourth highest point in Southern Scotland. Take the path along Grey Mare`s Tail, one of the highest water falls which plunges 60 metres from Loch Skeen. With spectacular views many people don`t know what they are missing, but which ever route you take they are all stunning.
Cairnsmore of Carshairn in the far North of Kirkcudbrightshire, just 3 1/2 miles from the village of Carshairn. Despite it`s height it`s relatively easy to climb, with no steep slopes and over some rough grassy areas, the summit is fairly flat, and according to the tourist board views of England, Wales, Ireland and the Highlands can be seen, with Glasgow and Edinburgh some 80 miles away.
Hartfell lies just North of Moffat, visible from the M74 it`s a broad rolling hill, part of the Southern Uplands, it has sloping sides however, the East ridge is steep and craggy with a deep corrie known as Blackhope. Walk the Hartfell Horseshoe which takes in Swatte Fell and Under Saddle Yoke, a strenuous 8 mile hike.
Devil`s Beeftub also lies North of Moffat, the name derives from the Reiver period where stolen cattle was hid before it was taken to market. Follow the Annandale Way along the top where you`ll experience amazing views of Moffat in the distance. Either start and finish in Moffat, a strenuous 15 miles or take a lesser, but just as strenuous, 7 mile walk from Ericstane Farm.
Joe Graham Monument located 2 miles Northwest of Dalton, this B-listed monument was erected in memory of Joe Graham, a local master of fox-hounds who died in 1893 aged 80. Take the Annandale way to the top of Almagill Hill where you get views of Burnswark. The summit rises to 219 metres (718 Feet) and classed as easy walk.
Beld Knowe with an elevation of 507 metres (1663 ft), lies on the edge of Greskine Forest, a rugged landscape which also includes part of the Southern Upland Way, immediately below the summit is Daer Reservoir, officially opened in 1956 by Queen Elizabeth II, the reservoir supplies water to the Scottish central belt.
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