Southern Upland Way (incl. GPX!)
With Heritage Path! (GPX)
Distance: 338 km Grade: 3 (Moderate)
The Southern Upland Way is a 12-stage moderate walk. This trail is waymarked throughout but the moorland crossings could be tricky to navigate in mist. The main difficulty is the length of some of the stages and the lack of regular facilities.
It is Britain’s first official coast to coast long distance footpath and runs a hefty 344 km from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath. Superb walking country, still undiscovered by many enthusiasts.
The Way, crossing the Galloway Forest Park, provides a real challenge for the experienced walker. There are no summits above 3000ft (914m), but over 80 rise above 2000ft (610m), offering some fine hill walking.
This trail crosses the Mull of Galloway Trail near Stranrear, the Annandale Way in Moffat, the Borders Abbeys Way and the Scottish National Trail in Galashiels and also connects with the John Muir Way at Dunbar and the Berwickshire Coastal Path at GPS 55.928521 , -2.3310474 just SE of Cocksburnpath.
Stages (on the map):
- Portpatrick - Castle Kennedy 21,25 km (Easy)
- Castle Kennedy - Bargrennan 43 km (Slightly harder)
- Bargrennan - Dalry 39,75 km (Slightly harder)
- Dalry - Sanquhar 41,5 km (Slightly harder)
- Sanquhar - Wanlockhead 12,5 km (Slightly harder)
- Wanlockhead - Beattock 31,25 km (Moderate)
- Beattock - St Mary's Loch 33,5 km (Slightly harder)
- St Mary's Loch - Traquair 18,75 km (Slightly harder)
- Traquair - Melrose 28 km (Slightly harder)
- Melrose - Lauder 15,75 km (Slightly harder)
- Lauder - Longformacus 24,25 km (Slightly harder)
- Longformacus - Cocksburnpath 28,75 km (Slightly harder)