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Walk 153 Report, Sunday 11th April 2010

Annan Walking Group on outskirts of Sanquhar

Meeting at Canonbie Primary School car-park in spring sunshine, 30 members set off eastwards along the daffodil lined B6357 to Rowanburn, turning south onto the old Langholm branch line, down toward the Liddle viaduct that used to carry the line into England, linking to the Carlisle-Edinburgh "Waverley Line"

After approximately a mile we ventured west through Brighton Wood, noting the site of the wartime Canadian sawmill. We took our "banana break" at the edge of the wood with grand views over the Esk Valley. We then continued down the side of Hugh’s Brae Wood to walk in warm sunshine along the banks of the Liddle Water, the piece disturbed only by four lads with Motocross bikes on the English bank!!

We took our lunch on the river bank opposite Liddle Strength – the site of a medieval fortification on the English side of the river and then continued to the confluence of the rivers Esk and Liddle, where an impromptu stone skipping contest was held, led and won by Albert Cook!! We then continued along the east bank of the Esk, stopping for a "John Lewis" style photo on the Glebe Steps before passing the "Dead Neuk" pool and the parish church to our starting point at the school. A good number of members then indulged themselves with a cream tea at the village hall, an annual fundraiser organised by the Canonbie Flower Show Committee.

Everyone agreed it had been a "Goldilocks" walk – everything was just right!