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#60437 - 25/03/11 03:46 PM Southern Upland Way
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Registered: 27/08/09
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After doing the Pennine Way last year I'm doing the Southern Upland Way this year. I'me almost booked up - but I am attempting the walk east to west, rather than west to east - and everyone I speak to says I am doing it the wrong way! Well,I live on the east coast so starting in the east and walking to the west makes a lot of sense to me.

Anyone on here done the Southern Upland Way? What were the highlights?

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#60459 - 26/03/11 03:15 PM Re: Southern Upland Way [Re: Sentinel]
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No, but Ive had the guidebook for ages and will get around to it one day. If I lived on the East Coast, I'd be tempted to do it the 'Normal' way so I'd be walking home rather than away from it.
Dave.

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#60627 - 06/04/11 01:45 PM Re: Southern Upland Way [Re: Slogger]
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Registered: 30/06/05
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Loc: Coniston, Cumbria, UK
I did it quite a few years ago with my rott and absolutely adored this walk. It is much quieter than the PW or C2C. Highlights well...all of it, I loved it that much and really was so sorry to come to the end.

Enjoy !!
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Janice & Harlie(dog)

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#60638 - 07/04/11 09:05 AM Re: Southern Upland Way [Re: Janice & Rottie]
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That's lifted my spirits a little Janice! I have to say - there's very little published on the SUW isn't there?

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#60640 - 07/04/11 10:38 AM Re: Southern Upland Way [Re: Sentinel]
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Registered: 15/12/04
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Sentinel - I walked the SUW for the second time last autumn in 9 days and had splendid weather. It is a walk that changes in character at Beattock, about half way. The eastern section is considerably drier than the western section, as the extensive forestry sections in Galloway tend to get very waterlogged. If you do get much rain, you may find Beattock to Sanquhar and Sanquhar to Dalry quite a challenge! I hope you have waterproof boots... If the weather comes in, take care over Benbrack, as it would be very easy to get seriously lost up there. Luckily, the signposting is superb, with a marker post almost always appearing where you need one. You are unlikely to see anybody during the days, apart from in Glen Trool - it is a wonderfully peaceful, remote (and tough) walk. There are highlights all the way and trying to find the 12 lots of buried treasure kysts adds to the fun (there is a SUW leaflet about them, but I found only 3 lots!!). It is so good and peaceful that I am considering doing it again. Good luck.

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#60641 - 07/04/11 11:32 AM Re: Southern Upland Way [Re: rogere]
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Thanks for that.

I'm taking my time and doing the walk in 14 days, including Beattock - Wanlockhead and Wanlockhead - Sanquar (which gives me an opportunity to visit the lead mining museum). Then the Sanquhar - Dalry - Bargrennan section is broken down into three days with a hotel in Dalry picking me / setting me down at Stroanpatrick and Clatteringshaws.

How long did it take you to do Portpatrick - Stranraer? I only ask because it's my last day and I need to book a train ticket from Stranraer. Would four hours be enough?

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#60645 - 07/04/11 02:46 PM Re: Southern Upland Way [Re: Sentinel]
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Registered: 21/02/07
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Loc: Derbyshire, England
Sentinel
When are you going?
I'm considering an east-west attempt in the near future but not as speedy as rogere and maybe a day or two faster than you - got to fit it into spaces in the diary.
I walked the section from Melrose to Traquair en route to Edinburgh last year and was impressed by the waymarking and the path condition thereabouts - I don't expect the same everywhere!
Would be grateful for a sight of your schedule if convenient.
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#60647 - 07/04/11 03:26 PM Re: Southern Upland Way [Re: Stottie]
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Registered: 27/08/09
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Hi Stottie - here is my route:

Cockburnspath Longformacus 17.5 miles
Longformacus Lauder 15 miles
Lauder Galashiels 15 miles
Galashiels Innerleithen 15 miles
Innerleithen Tibbie Shiels Inn 13 miles
Tibbie Shiels Inn Beattock 21 miles
Beattock Wanlockhead 19.7 miles
Wanlockhead Sanquhar 7.5 / 10 miles
Sanquhar Stroanpatrick 19 miles
Stroanpatrick Clatteringshaws 15 miles
Clatteringshaws Bargrennan 17 miles
Bargrennan New Luce 18.5 miles
New Luce Stranraer 16 miles
Stranraer Portpatrick 10 miles

NB:

The Lochinvar Hotel in St Johns Town of Dalry will pick you up and set you down at Stroanpatrick / Clatteringhsaws for no extra charge! I will also be getting a taxi between Longformacus and Duns for accommodation.

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#60648 - 07/04/11 03:38 PM Re: Southern Upland Way [Re: Sentinel]
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Registered: 27/08/09
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Just a quick note to say that on some of the days at the beginning, I would rather do more miles, but it's the accommodation and location of towns / villages that restricts you.

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#60649 - 07/04/11 03:56 PM Re: Southern Upland Way [Re: Sentinel]
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Registered: 15/12/04
Posts: 120
Loc: UK
Sentinel - you will easily do Stranraer to Portpatrick in 4 hours. I started there about 5 PM and got to Stranraer at about 7.30. I don't know how you got a taxi from Longformacus to Duns, I couldn't find any taxi operators in Duns, so I hitched it (there are usually loads of anglers coming down from the Watch Tower reservoir). The hotel in Duns advised me of a "secret" taxi operator to take me back up.

All this talk makes we want to do it again! You will have a great time.

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