Annandale Way in Dumfries and Galloway
Distance: 55 miles
Typical duration: 4 to 5 days
Shorter options: 2 or 3 day circuit or day walks by using local public transport.
Starting point: At the source of the River Annan heading south to the coast OR begin your walk on the coast and head northwards to Moffat. A cairn marks either end of the Way.
- Moffat - Devil’s Beef Tub - Moffat
Distance: 22km (13½ miles)
The walk starts above the source of the river Annan with a circumnavigation of the Devils Beef Tub (where the Border Reivers used to hide their stolen cattle) and then follows the river Annan along the valley bottom into the town of Moffat.
- Moffat - St Ann’s
Distance: 11km (7 miles)
From Moffat the walk heads south following the 'Crooked Road' out of Beattock where it meets the Southern Upland Way. It continues over high ground then down onto the Lord of Annandale's Estate where the route goes through oak forests and over farmland to Millhousebridge. Here, the route splits into two routes that go through Lockerbie and Lochmaben.
- St Ann’s - Lochmaben - Hoddom
Distance: St Ann’s - Lochmaben 16 km (10 miles) // Lochmaben - Hoddom 22km (14 miles)
The western Lochmaben arm takes in Castle Loch with it's ruined castle and a new sculpture trail then goes up past Joe Grahams monument where walkers can enjoy fantastic views of the whole of Annandale.
- St Ann’s - Millhousebridge - Hoddom
Distance: St Ann’s - Lockerbie 20km (12½ miles) // Lockerbie - Hoddom 14km (9 miles)
The eastern Lockerbie arm takes in the Lockerbie Wildlife Trust's Eskrigg Nature reserve with its loch and abundance of wildlife.
- Hoddom - Barnkirk Point - Annan
Distance: 17 (10½ miles)
The two routes above meet up just north of Hoddam Bridge where they follow the river Annan through Annan and on to its end at Newbie Barns on the Solway Coast with its wide panoramic views of the estuary and across the water to Cumbria.
The Annandale Way was developed by Sulwath Connections for Dumfries & Galloway Council working with local communities and supported by local estates and farmers.
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