Notice all the ways in which water crosses your path on its way to the river. Give each crossing its own name. This might depend on the colour of the water, the sounds it makes, or your manner of crossing, e.g. ‘Linda’s Leap’ or ‘Guinness Gargle’.
The Annandale way is like rain drops trickling through a tree of rivers.
From Hoddom Bridge on the B723 (OS Map 322 GR164,727) follow the path on the eastern bank, past Meinfoot farm and on into Brydekirk where the route crosses, to the Bridge and then follows the western bank along the wooded riverside path, until re-crossing again at the Cuthbertson Memorial Bridge for Annan town.
In Annan head up onto the main street cross the road and turn right towards the bridge, where some steps will drop you back down to the riverbank path. Keep heading south to the edge of town, cross the Annan for the final time on the Sustrans Bridge and head for Newbie. From there, a track leads to Barnkirk Point and your finish at Newbiebarns. (OS Map 322 GR179,645)
For this section you can either get a lift to the start at Newbiebarns (OS Map 322 GR179, 645), or walk out from Annan.
In Annan head along the main street towards the bridge, where some steps will drop you down to the riverbank path. Head south to the edge of town, crossing the Annan on the Sustrans Bridge and head for Newbie. From there, a track leads to Barnkirk Point and the official start at Newbiebarns, retrace your steps to Annan.
From Newbiebarns head out to Barnkirk point and follow the path north through to Newbie and then alongside the river towards Annan. Just after the railway bridge cross the river on the Sustrans bridge and follow the riverside path into Annan, In Annan follow Bruce Street down to the car park on the Eastern bank of the river, where you can pick up the riverside path heading north. At the Cuthbertson memorial bridge cross to the western bank and follow the woodland path on to Brydekirk. Cross the river again to the eastern bank where the footpath takes you past Meinfoot farm and on to Hoddom Bridge on the B723 (OS Map 322 GR164,727).