A journey on the Nith beginning in the Carsphairn Hills and following its route through to the Solway Coast. With regular stops along the way to spotlight and celebrate the towns, villages and community activity that surrounds the Nith, we will be exploring, learning and sharing about Local Heritage, Folklore, Wildlife and Conservation, Community Groups, Landmarks and Art including any literature or songs that have been inspired by the Nith and its communities.
The Source to Sea Poem
To Thornhill its grouse shooter and grouse beaters,
but the river bends never bows, muscles into Scaur
and doubles in power, the land enclosed an island
with totems more holy than any baronial forelock
tugginh flimflam: Tynton Doon the walls of Arthur’s
Rheged, where Taliesin saw houses on fire before the flame
of dawn and the Nith Cross, sentinel for a millennium,
misunderstood or forgotten in a Duke’s cattle field,
a weather-beaten middle finger pointed to Drumlanrig,
the fakery of Crawick, its timeless message, all vanity is dust.
Begin the Journey
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