......hello again England
17.10.2009 - 17.10.2009 13 °C
We left Moffat with clear blue skies overhead and frost on the car windows. Moffat has gorgeous patchwork farms with lots of sheep. One sheep in particular was very surprised to see me stop and take a photo over his field to the town below. He stuck his head up when I appeared and kept staring as though he couldn't quite believe it!
From there it was a leisurely 20 miles to Dumfries, a busy town with a cobbled market area in the centre. Sweetheart Abbey was our next stop. Built in the 1200's by Lady Devoragil ( I think that's right ) in memory of her late husband. The town has risen up around it and is called New Abbey, White lime washed houses with front doors that open right onto the narrow street. At the other end of the street we visited New Abbey Corn Mill. From there it was onto Caelaverock Castle and Nature Reserve; a 13th century castle complete with water filled moat. The castle has been basically left as it was back then, apart from natural decay and it's amazing to see something so ancient!
We then took the backroads through Annan, Gretna Green, Longtown, Bothel and Keswick to The Lakes District. Narrow roads with hedges or stone fences on either side through farm land and small villages, beautiful country. Unfortunately it seems that every man and his dog has decided to visit the Lakes for the weekend! We are staying at Grange over Sands as `The Lakes' was booked out and even the place we are staying is packed! Hopefully people will head home soon after lunch today!!