|At the ruins of Cruggleton Castle|
The Lincolnshire Wife came with me. No car required. We just set off walking from our front door. Along the littoral and into the woods by Galloway House - once home to the Earls of Galloway and their progeny.
|The lodge high above the sea|
We reached Rigg Bay where the tide was far out revealing rocks and bladder wrack and out there in the lapping waves the remains of a "mulberry harbour" developed in relation to the D-Day landings of World War II. Then up into the woods above Sliddery Point where we found a remote lodge cottage high above the sea with magnificent views to The Lake District hills.
We saw an arch further down the coast and surprisingly The Lincolnshire Wife wanted to push on. Twenty minutes later we arrived at the remains of Cruggleton Castle - a very ancient site above Cruggleton Heights.
Then across farmland to the largely neglected Cruggleton Church where I climbed over the eight foot circling wall but I couldn't get in. The keys are kept at a local farm.
|Cruggleton churchyard with the church hidden by trees|
A sapphire blue sky above and sunshine on our shoulder. We followed quiet lanes all the way back to Pouton and Home Farm before cutting through the Galloway House estate back to Garlieston for a late lunch in our cottage by the sea.
By now the high tide had returned and previously beached boats bobbed in the water. It was the furthest The Lincolnshire Wife had walked in a long while but she also enjoyed this varied sunshine walk on the east coast of The Machars... Wish you were here!
|In Rigg Bay and all that remains of a Mulberry Harbour prototype|