Dumfries and Galloway Walk
Maxwell's Otter and Monreith Beach
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Walk Route Description
From Port William, follow the A747 south east. Pass through Monreith and at the top of a rise, opposite Knock Farm Caravan Site, take an unclassified road on the right and follow this single track road down through St Medans Golf Course to a car park at a beach (grid ref. NX365394) where there are toilets.
After parking retrace your steps up the road and opposite the Golf Club Car Park there is a grassy track which goes left and leads to the disused Kirkmaiden Church with its picturesque graveyard overlooking Monreith Bay. Come back up the grassy track and turn left along the road passing the Golf Club on your right until you come to the Otter Memorial to Gavin Maxwell (who wrote Ring of Bright Water) and whose descendents still live in the area at Monreith House.
From the Otter Memorial take a track on the right which leads you in a northerly direction towards the village of Monreith. Pass through two wooden gates and then bear left along the fence until you come to a gate which leads down to the pebbly beach. Here you turn right along the beach until you see a track going up past a house on the left. Follow this track, Mill Lane, to the main road.
Turn left along the main road and, just before a sharp left hand bend, take an estate road on your right. Follow this to a village hall and pass this on your right following a grassy track with a stream on your left. Eventually you come to a road by a bridge (grid ref. NX358418) and turn left along the road, following this to an unclassified road. Here you turn right, passing a cottage on your right and coming to a footpath sign "North Barsalloch and Beach 1M".
Follow this track past the farmhouse, through a glen and past a cottage on your left to join the A747 again. Turn left and, depending upon the tidal state, you can either follow the beach back to the track you first came down (which does involve fording a stream which crosses the beach) or follow the road back up towards Monreith, either retracing your steps down Mill Lane, or going right through the village and taking the footpath on your right at Clarksburn which is signed for the Otter Memorial and takes you back to where you started.
There are extensive seascape vistas right over to the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse and the Scares Rocks, which are a protected sea bird colony.
Other walks nearby
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Walk 1718 Mull of Galloway circular - easy - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Walk 2623 Merrick from Glen Trool - mod/hard - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 3316 Rockcliffe to Kippford - easy - 3.0 miles/4.9 km
Walk 3290 Rockcliffe to Sandyhills - easy/mod - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 3558 St Bees to Whitehaven coast path - easy/mod - 7.4 miles/12 km
Walk 1745 Grike and Caw Fell from Kinniside Stone Circle - mod/hard - 13.5 miles/21.9 km
Walk 1671 Grike & Crag Fell from Ennerdale Bridge - easy/mod - 6.6 miles/10.7 km
Walk 2058 Ennerdale Skyline incl. Steeple & other fells - mod/hard - 13.8 miles/22.3 km
Walk 3552 Grune Point from Silloth - easy - 4.7 miles/7.6 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
The End to End Trail
This pocket handbook to navigation will help you master the necessary map and compass skills for mountain walking. Chapters include map scales, symbols and contours, grid references, map reading, bearings, route planning and night and bad-weather navigation, as well as navigating with a GPS.