Mutehill (nr Kirkcudbright) – Monkhill (west of Carlisle)
2711 feet climbed
3307 calories burnt
We woke to a beautiful albeit windy sunrise, looking out over Kirkcudbright Bay in our lay-by in Mutehill. As we were nearing getting back on track with our mileage schedule we wanted to make the most of the good weather and reach England by our night stop. It was sunny but incredibly windy, however the god’s were looking out for us, as it would be mostly behind us the whole day.
We set off along the A711, we had a bit of a climb out of our overnights stop, but before long we were whizzing through villages like, Dundrennan, Auchencairn and Palneckie. It wasn’t long before we were in Dalbeattie, where we had scheduled in a pit stop after about 16 miles.
After Dalbeattie, instead of taking the A710 right along the coast, we decided to continue on the A711 as the wind was behind us, so we ended up in Dumfries a lot earlier than we had expected. Before we hit Dumfries, we went through Kirkgunzon and Beeswing where we saw signs for the Tour of Britain that would be going through on Tuesday 11th September, such a shame we are missing it. Shock horror, the council were out in force, mending all of the roads ready for the cyclists to go through!
Because we had hit Dumfries early, we continued about 10 miles further along the B725 to reach Bowhouse. We had to push hard to get to Bowhouse because we were fighting the wind all the way down, but it was on the cusp of us turning back east so we would have the wind behind us again after lunch.
Lunch was another feast made by Harry and again we all had a fair giggle! We didn’t take long as we were keen to make the most of the wind. We took the B724 past Annan, and before long we were hitting Gretna Green! We had flashbacks from the LEJOG we did last year as we stopped for a pit stop there.
Our scheduled stop for this evening should have been Longtown, however it was only 3:30pm when we got there, so we made the decision to push on. We were keen to get the A7 road out of the way before tomorrow’s morning rush hour and also get past Carlisle! This meant we had another 12 miles past Longtown and we ended up in Monkill, just to the west of Carlisle.
So we’ve made it to England and we’re already missing Scotland! We made some amazing memories there and I’m sure we will be back soon, I know I will be!
Dinner was amazing, pork schnitzel again but with potato gratin and pancakes for dessert!