Devil's Beef Tub circuit from Moffat

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The route - which is the first stage of the Annandale Way but also a fine circular walk in its own right - follows a path besides the river Annan out of Moffat then takes a minor road and farm tracks to a final steep climb onto the moorland hills that wall Annandale to the north. A splendid high level walk crosses these hills to Annandale Head from where there is a descent back down to the minor road and the outward route back to Moffat.


A mix of footpaths, tracks and minor roads along riverbanks and across farmland and moorland. There is one short steep climb and some boggy moorland to cross but mostly the walking is on firm ground with gentle ascents and descents. Junctions are clearly signposted, with one exception.

Public Transport

Moffat is served by bus, including from Lockerbie which is the nearest rail station.


Station car park, Moffat. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

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