Quest for Explorers – Stone and Stories
Join us for a Quest with Professor David Munro to uncover the dramatic landscape of Crichope Linn and Cample that inspired great explorers and writers through time.
This is a Quest for the curious, those who want to find out more about a landscape which inspired famous 19th century Scottish explorer and geologist, Joseph Thomson. Joseph, originally from Penpont, led 6 expeditions into previously uncharted lands mapping huge expanses of Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria and discovered Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s was Dumfries and Galloway’s Crichope linn were he had a chance encounter which inspired him and changed the course of his life.
Crichope Linn is stunningly beautiful but hidden away in a cleuch unless you know it’s there you wouldn’t find it. Steeped in history it was the hiding and meeting place of the Covenanters and many before them. The Linn inspired Sir Walter Scott, who chose it as the lair of John Balfour in “Old Mortality” and was a famous Victorian Beauty spot. Just down the hill from Crichope Linn the small hamlet of Cample sits close to a number of small quarries where the rock was transported via the mineral railway line. We will explore how Cample uses the landscape to support its mills and minerals.
Professor David Munro will share with us his adventures and special way of investigating landscape through mapping, walking, discussions and shared insights. David will be joined by Environmental artist, Jan Hogarth, and director of the CAMPLE LINE, Tina Fiske.
Join us and we will share Crichope Linn and Cample’s secrets.