Riverside Poetry Walk

Walking Route

Riverside Poetry Walk


This is an easy circular riverside walk beside the River Cree, starting and finishing at the main carpark.

The river has inspired poetry and examples by local poet Liz Niven and, more recently, by local primary school children are engraved at various points along the route on plaques and granite seats.

The first section heads downstream along the river with its river birds and anglers, to cross the river at the by-pass bridge before returning towards the town by a narrow woodland and field path.

The return section takes in various landmarks of historic and scenic interest, the entire walk demonstrating the significance of the Cree as a historic boundary between Wigtownshire and the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright and the position of Newton Stewart at its lowest bridging point.

1.5mi / 2.5km
Total climb:
33ft / 10m
Total descent:
197ft / 60m
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What you'll see

Sparling Bridge - Newton Stewart


This bridge is named after a relatively rare migratory fish.

Clocktower and Civic Building, Newton Stewart - Newton Stewart

Buildings, Historic Buildings, Monuments & Statues

Attractive white-washed late 18th century civic building with clocktower which dates back to the early days of Newton Stewart.

Cree Bridge - Newton Stewart


This is an attractive granite bridge built in 1813 replacing an earlier wooden bridge and ford.