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The Solway Fords

The Solway Firth has been a natural barrier against invaders during war and a hindrance to commerce in peaceful times. Bowness Wath, the ford, linking Annan and Bowness, was an important Solway crossing point for cattle drovers until 1863.

Map of the Solway Fords
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The Solway can be treacherous with hidden channels and a tidal rise of 7 metres. In some conditions the tidal bore reaches a height of about 1 metre and travels at about 6 / 7 knots.

"He that dreams on the bed of The Solway may wake in the next world ..."
[From "Red Gauntlet" by Sir Walter Scott, 1824]

Annan and the Solway Shore ...

The Annan Shore walk in scotland ukThe town of Annan sits on the estuary of the River Annan at the eastern end of the Solway Firth. It has a population of some 10,000 and is the principal town in the Annandale and Eskdale area of the Dumfries and Galloway region.

Annan's location on the first fordable part of the Solway Firth has always been of great importance: