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Lowland peak tipped as top walk

Posted 9 June 2010
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Lowland peak tipped as top walk
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Criffel, a peak in the Scottish Lowlands, has been featured as walk of the week by the Scotsman newspaper.

Located south of Dumfries with views across the Solway Firth to England, the hill is described as being very steep, but with outstanding views over the Solway Firth, Cumbria and the sea.

The latter is a particular focal point for those donning walking gear and making their way to the summit, the paper notes, stating that on clear days the Isle of Man and even Ireland can be seen.

It added: "Along the Solway coast lie Kippford and Rockcliffe. In brilliant sunshine the inlets and bays would not look out of place on a postcard from the Mediterranean."

To those living in this part of Scotland, the nearest peaks over 3,000 ft are not the Munros but the highest peaks of the Lake District.

The most local of these is Skiddaw, at 3,054 ft, while walkers can also enjoy Helvellyn, Scafell and England's highest peak of Scafell Pike on a visit to the national park.

Posted by Dan Mirza