Links with: Romans & Reivers Route, Southern Upland Way
Like the Thames Path National Trail, this 55 mile long distance walking route stays close to a river from source to sea, in this case the river Annan. Along the way it brings walkers through the stunning scenery of the Annandale ‘strath’ or large valley with sights such as a Roman watch tower along the way.
The route starts at the source of the river above Moffat, going around the ‘Devil’s Beef Tub’, described by the 18th century Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott as looking “as if four hills were laying their heads together to shut out daylight from the dark hollow space between them.” The route then drops down to the bottom of the valley and into Moffat, a pretty market town.
As you head south the route offers walkers the choice of two routes between St Ann’s and Hoddom Castle either via Millhousebridge (with the option of detouring to Lockerbie) and the Eskrigg Nature Reserve or via the more challenging route up past Joe Graham’s monument (with rewarding views of Annandale) towards Lochmaben. It then wends its way to the Solway Coast, taking in sea views at Bankirk Point before the finish at Newbiebarns.
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