Invent a character or think of someone very different from you. Walk as if you are them. What if you were a Roman or a Drover or a postman on a long delivery? Document what you do and experience on the walk. (Or do as pupils from Moffat Academy did and walk up a poem with your steps)
THE FORGOTTEN RIVER Now I see, under the motorway, the sad river….. and, if a river could cry, this one would. Where I am writing this, a crisp packet falls…
Starting from the old Moffat station car park, turn right and walk for about a mile on the A701 using the left hand side footpath, before turning left at the sign for Moffat Community Nature Reserve (that and Dyke Farm Nature Reserve both well worth a visit) through the fields of Dyke Farm, marching first a Roman Road and then the Southern Upland Way under the A74(M) and as you enter Beattock village, turn right up the Crooked Brae, over the bridge with traffic lights and uphill for a mile or so. Near the top, bear left at the Annandale Way fingerpost (the Southern Upland Way continues straight on) and turn left onto a broad grassy path and over the moor (look for the white topped marker posts) dropping through Cauldholm Farm and cross Cauldholm Bridge over the Kinnel Water, a tributary of the Annan.
Turn left at the T-junction and follow this minor road for about 1.5 miles (Dumgree House, an old "one-teacher"school on the left) eventually recrossing the Kinnel Water by Park Bridge and through Edwardsrig Plantation, in sight of Raehills House and its classic parkland, until you reach the southbound A701.
Choices - 1) catch a bus back to Moffat 2) bus to Lochmaben via Dumfries 3) further 2 miles to Days Inn accommodation at the A74(M) services at Johnstonebridge or 4) continue with the Walk and onwards to Lochmaben - a further 10 miles or Lockerbie (13 miles)