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If you ever needed proof that you don't have to climb the biggest hills to get the best views, this is it. With an altitude of "only" 1,800 feet Criffel is by no means the biggest hill around, but its isolated position gives wide views in all directions. Although distant hills may catch the eye, the rolling farmland below and the beautiful shapes in the sands of the Nith Estuary are what really make the view. The walk itself is not difficult, but it is steep in places and the relatively low start means you do have to climb almost all 1,800 feet!

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Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Countryside


Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Public Transport, Sea, Woodland
6/20/2011 - Jeroen Le Grand

A very nice but steep climbing walk. In the first part however, the trees were cut down a few years ago, so the climb is more open now and a path is made. The last part was very muddy and wet, so good water-resist boots are to be recommended. On top of Criffel however there are specatcular views of the surrounding area.