Spring Fling has teamed up with hill-writer and photographer Ronald Turnbull to create three new walking routes between a handful of the artists and makers featuring in this year’s open art and craft studios weekend (29-31 May). Another ‘green’ way to explore this leafy corner of south-west Scotland (following in the footsteps of the Spring Fling cycle ride on Saturday 29 May and the hop-on studio trail bus tours), all you need to do is download a route map from the Spring Fling website, lace up your hiking boots and enjoy an art and craft-themed hike through the rolling hills of Dumfries and Galloway.
The first walk is a four and a half mile ramble between two of the area’s prettiest coastal villages, Kippford and Rockliffe, visiting two studios along the way: Christine Smith, a ceramicist (Barnbarroch Pottery is number 33), and artist John Threlfall (studio 34), whose paintings and sketches are inspired by the local wildlife. Allow about two hours for this route, which starts in Kippford before heading up through shady woodland to the Muckle: a rugged outcrop of pink granite marks the summit with sweeping views over the islands poking out of the Solway Firth. From here a path leads down to an ancient fort at the Mote of Mark and then on to Rockcliffe from where you follow the shoreline back to Kippford.