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The River Annan about 1km upstream of Moffat
The River Annan about 1km upstream of Moffat

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Route No. 743 - Wednesday 3 October 2018
High Street, Academy Road, Beechgrove,
Old Edinburgh Road, River Annan, Station Park,
Church Gate circuit - 5km
Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 330 Moffat & St Mary's Loch


Main Street in Moffat at the start of our walk
High Street in Moffat at the start of our walk

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Walking along High Street into Academy Road
Walking along High Street into Academy Road

Following the footway along Beechgrove
Following the footway along Beechgrove

At the end of the High Street We continued along the A701 now called Academy Road. As the road began to bend to our left there was a large church, the Old Parish Church, with a tall spire on the right hand side of the road. We crossed the road and where the A701 (now called Edinburgh Road) bent to the left we kept straight on along a residential road called Beechgrove.

My wife and I are having a holiday in Scotland staying a few days at several locations. Just now we are staying for a few days in the town of Moffat on the River Annan. After a dull rainy spell earlier the weather cleared up this afternoon and so in the late afternoon we set off walking northwards along the High Street (A701) in Moffat.

Crossing Academy Road to the junction with Beechgrove
Crossing Academy Road to the junction with Beechgrove

Near here Beechgrove becomes Old Edingurgh Road
Near here Beechgrove becomes Old Edinburgh Road

Following the Old Edinburgh Road towards our turning
Following the Old Edinburgh Road towards our turning

Following the Old Edinburgh Road towards our turning
Following the Old Edinburgh Road towards our turning

From these elevated sites there must be fine views across the Annan valley. After about 1.4km from the A701 we turned left off the Old Edinburgh Road at a gated farm track with a mail box & the name Adamsholm by the gate.

After around 500m the road became Old Edinburgh Road. We continued along Old Edinburgh Road still with a few fields and more houses on the left and with some large houses on our right sited up the wooded bank.

Following the Old Edinburgh Road towards our turning
Following the Old Edinburgh Road towards our turning

Our left turn off the Old Edinburgh Road on to the farm track to the River Annan & Adamsholm
Our left turn off the Old Edinburgh Road on to the farm track to the River Annan & Adamsholm

Track down to the River Annan
Track down to the River Annan

Nearing the River Annan along the track
Nearing the River Annan along the track

As we approached the ford there was a galvanised steel kissing gate to the left of the ford. We passed through the kissing gate to the river side path. We turned left and followed the path next to the River Annan.

We passed through the gate and followed the track towards the River Annan. After about 200m we came to some gates across the track at a ford across the river. On the Explorer map the track crosses the river and continues to the farm called Adamsholm.

Looking up the valley of the River Annan from the track
Looking up the valley of the River Annan from the track

Kissing gate on to the river side path
Kissing gate on to the river side path

Path beside the River Annan heading downstream towards Moffat
Path beside the River Annan heading downstream towards Moffat

River side path heading downstream towards Moffat
River side path heading downstream towards Moffat

River side path heading downstream towards Moffat
River side path heading downstream towards Moffat

‘New Bridge‘ taking the A701 over the River Annan
‘New Bridge‘ taking the A701 over the River Annan

The second bridge just a few metres downstream is a much older stone arch bridge. We continued along the river side path under both bridges. Across the fields to our right we could see the buildings of Moffat now and the tall church spire on the Old Parish Church that we had passed on Academy Road near the start of our walk.

It was a pretty path along the wooded river bank and along the edge of the fields by the river. After about 1.2km we came to a pair of bridges across the river. The first one is a modern road bridge carrying the A701 across the river and given the name of "New Bridge".

River side path heading downstream towards Moffat
River side path heading downstream towards Moffat

River side path heading downstream towards Moffat
River side path heading downstream towards Moffat

Much older stone arch bridge over the River Annan
Much older stone arch bridge over the River Annan

The Old Parish Church in Moffat seen from the riverside path
The Old Parish Church in Moffat seen from the riverside path

River side path heading downstream to Annan Bridge
River side path heading downstream to Annan Bridge

River side path passing the junction with Reid‘s Entry
River side path passing the junction with Reid‘s Entry

Here the path brought us to the road side and we crossed the road to the entrance to Station Park opposite.

From New Bridge we followed the river side path for another kilometre to Annan Bridge carrying the A701 over the river as it enters Moffat coming from the A74(M).

River side path heading downstream to Annan Bridge
River side path heading downstream to Annan Bridge

Approaching the A701 at Annan Bridge
Approaching the A701 at Annan Bridge

Crossing the A701 to Station Park
Crossing the A701 to Station Park

Young toad seeking shelter under a wall
Young toad seeking shelter under a wall

Walking through Station Park
Walking through Station Park

St. Andrew‘s Church on Church Gate - A701
St. Andrew‘s Church on Church Gate - A701

We walked along Church Gate back to the High Street and ended our walk in the High Street by the Moffat Ram Sculpture where we had started. It had been a very pleasant walk of about 5km in the afternoon sunshine that had taken us almost two hours at a gentle ambling pace.

As we entered the path there was a young toad making its was across the footway to a damp, shady spot at the bottom of a wall. We entered the path at the corner of the large boating pond. There is a pleasant path all round the pond but we turned left and just walked past the end of the pond to the next park entrance on the A701, called Church Gate.

The boating pond at Station Park
The boating pond at Station Park

Gates from Station Park on to Church Gate - A701
Gates from Station Park on to Church Gate - A701

Returning to High Street in Moffat
Returning to High Street in Moffat

The Moffat Ram sculpture carved by William Brodie in 1875
The end of our walk at the Moffat Ram sculpture in the High Street, carved by William Brodie in 1875

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