- Linear coastal path
- 3km/2 miles (return)
- Allow 1 hour 15 minutes
- Beaten earth and stone path
- Stout shoes recommended
START from the council car park, turn left down the hill and walk into the village. Turn right at the Y-junction (towards the Baron’s Craig Hotel), turn left at the T-junction, pass the hotel entrance and follow the Jubilee Path to Kippford. Rockcliffe first became a popular spot for relaxation and recreation in Victorian times when many of the houses along the seafront were built. The nearby ancient hill forts of Castle Hill and Mote of Mark testify to occupation long before this, with the Mote of Mark once being the centre of the ancient Kingdom of Reghed. There is a network of minor paths between Rockcliffe and Kippford. Taking a detour onto the top of the Mote of Mark is well worthwhile for an excellent view of the Rough Firth estuary.
The Jubilee Path is the main path between the two villages and was named to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. The land you walk through is managed by NTS for wildlife and recreation and in summer you will see beautiful flowering meadows alongside the path. These are carefully mown and raked to encourage a diverse range of flowers which support the local butterfly population.
Kippford developed as a ship-building centre and today remains a popular base for sailing. NTS organises many Ranger led guided walks at Rockcliffe during the year. Consult the information boards on site or phone NTS or a Tourist Information Centre for details. Return by the same route or by following any of the minor paths back to Rockcliffe.
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