Outdoor fans Roger Turnbull and Lynn Kirton both have homes north of Lochmaben, next to the 56-mile ‘Annandale Way.’
Both say they are constantly surprised by why so few people pass by using the route, which they describe as one of the best in Scotland.
They approached a specialist publishing house in Edinburgh who agreed to print and help them compile an easy to use, yet detailed, guide with large-scale maps together with local and historical information.
Many months of hard work by the local pair have now reached fruition with the completion of a 72-page ‘rainproof’ guide as part of the popular ‘Rucksack Readers’ series.
The well-produced publication, to be officially launched next month, has been hailed as a perfect companion for would-be walkers on the route from the source of the River Annan in the hills north of Moffat down to the estuary at Newbie Barns, near Annan.
Roger, a retired food industry manager, worked closely with publisher Jacquetta Megarry in writing and researching the book while retired music teacher Lynn, a keen photographer, travelled up and down the route in all weathers creating a remarkable portfolio of images.
They hope their ‘labour of love’ will help more people to appreciate the Annandale Way, which has potential to enhance the local economy through increased visitor numbers.
The route is also an asset for local people, who can dip in and out of the route, completing different sections at their leisure.
As well as living on the route, Roger has been a volunteer ranger since 2011, working to help maintain, sign and improve the route, which he describes as ‘an absolute gem.’
In a forward to the book, broadcaster and journalist Stephen Jardine, who was brought up in the area, said: “The Annandale Way runs like a brilliant thread through the local landscape. It offers you superb scenery, solitude and welcoming accommodation.”
The Annandale Way Rucksack Readers’ guide will go on sale priced £12.99 next month.