Rockcliffe Circular

 ‘A’ Ken Armstrong  ‘B’ Pat Gardner

A very hot and muggy day as 55 members travelled to Southern Scotland stopping at Houghton Hall Garden Centre for coffee. 25 members alighted at Rockcliffe to do the ‘A’ walk and the coach carried on to Kippford where after lunch 29 members set out on a Kippford circular by following the shore path then through woodland containing the Mote of Mark, the remains of a 6th century hill fort. We emerged at Rockcliffe, a tiny bay on the Solway and enjoyed sitting in the afternoon sunshine eating ice-creams. The walk continued along the shore path to Castle Point, passing on the way a sailor’s grave. There was a nice breeze on top of Castle Point and wonderful views across the Solway to the Lake District. We descended the hill and followed field paths back to Rockcliffe then took the Jubilee Path through woodland to eventually descend back into Kippford. The evening stop was in Hexham. Flowers:convolvulus, forget-me-not, greater knapweed, green alkanet, harebell, hedge woundwort, herb robert, ivy leaved toadflax, meadow cranesbill, meadowsweet, oxeye daisy, ragwort, rosebay willowherb, scarlet pimpernel, sea lavender, silverweed, tormentil, tufted vetch and yellow pimpernel. Other: gooseberries, harts tongue fern, lords ‘n’ ladies, raspberries and wild strawberries.

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