A long walk, mainly on the flat, along a mixture of pavements, footpaths and tracks that take us through the centre of Dumfries and provide the opportunity to follow the River Nith, and possibly see some its elusive Otter population.
Starting off from Dock Park Car Park, we immediately cross the Nith and then follow the river down to the last footbridge, passing a cemetery with graves of Germans who died during WW2. Crossing over we follow the footpath the Kingholm Quay before leaving the river and climbing uphill for a little before heading back towards Dumfries. We pass through the Crichton complex and go through the whole length of Dock Pack, with a possible stop at the bandstand.
Following the river we pass the White Sands before taking a footbridge back over the river for a section of the walk through residential areas, mostly along footpaths before reaching the old railway footpath. This takes us past the Cuckoo Bridge retail park before we leave it to follow the river as it loops back on itself. We then cross the golf course, taking care to avoid any balls before crossing a main road and then following footpaths that lead us back to the river. We drop down onto some narrow pathways, just a little above the river, before crossing the river again. We follow it for a short distance before crossing it for the final time to arrive back at the cars.
Meet at Dock Park Car Park. (If full, park on the White Sands Car Park and walk back to Dock Park). The walk, while long follows a figure of 8 shape so tired or sore walkers will have an opportunity to leave the walk early. If you do so, please ensure the walk leader is aware of your departure.