Second weekend away of the year in the van and it was a trip down to Dumfries and Galloway for a weekend at Moffat C & CC site.
Set out in glorious sunshine onto what should have been a pretty straight road. However both the Sat Nav and I made an error by trying to bypass Penicuik on the A701 and ending up on a B road through a couple of villages which wasn’t the best. However, got back on to the A701 and drove through some spectacular scenery.
Got to the campsite which was pretty full and managed to pitch up in only 30 minutes including getting the awning up. Interestingly, this is the first site where I’ve had someone show me to my pitch which had been allocated to me rather than me picking one and letting them know. The site was looking good and looked like it had been done up in the recent past with a modern shower block and plenty of WiFi repeaters.
I wandered into Moffat itself as I had managed to forget both peanut butter and a pillow. Got the peanut butter but no pillow. Had a bit of a snooze when I got back and then hit the shower but managed to pick one that only gave 10s of water per press of the button.
Dinner was some nice fish and then I sat down to watch a couple of episodes of “An Honourable Woman”.
Sunday dawned early after a decent night’s sleep. After breakfast I pulled on the hiking boots and set out to walk part of the Annandale way round The Devil’s Beef Tub.
First part of the walk is along a tarmac’ed road past a number of farms. Then there is a signed turnoff for the Annandale way. I followed it for a bit but it passed through fields with large number of sheep and associated lambs in them. I decided to turn back to the road and see if I could find another way to join the way further up. This turned out to be somewhat prescient as I saw cattle in the fields further along that track and I’m not that much of a fan of walking through cattle.
I reached Ericstane and was able to join the Annandale Way again. This took me over the A701 and the first view of the Devil’s Beef Tub. And an impressive sight it was.
Climbed on up to the trig point at Annanhead Hill and stopped for a breather. The weather was improving having been overcast up till then.
I was in two minds about whether to complete the loop or head back the way I came but decided on the round. I headed along Chalk Rig Edge then down Tweed Hop and back through some farms and onto the tarmac’ed road at Ericstane once again.
Then it was back to Moffat stopping only to pick up some toffee. I had lunch then crashed for a bit when I got back as the 22Km walk was a little tiring.
Dinner was some chicken then more episodes of “An Honourable Woman”
Woke up on the final day to reasonable weather but the awning was annoyingly wet due to the dew. Dried it off as best I could then broke camp in a leisurely fashion and hit the road home.
A lovely weekend with decent weather and good walk.
Some more photos