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This little route of 121 miles is simply wonderful. A very easy and comfortable days ride with time to stop and drink it all in. Starting out from Moffat you will find yourself immediately in the bends with a great little diversion onto the Greenhill Stairs road. Make sure your GPS device is turned off motorways so you can enjoy the parallel road – B7076 a two lane fast but quiet road. Just a few more miles on and you turn onto the Dalveen Pass. Riding Heaven! Not particularly challenging or extreme but some brilliant bends, twisties, highs and lows. Throw in some amazing scenery and you have got The Dalveen Pass in one.
The next stretch from Thornhill to St John’s town of Dalry on the A702 is a bit more challenging. Very narrow with some twisties that can rush up fairly fast. Stay alert. You will really feel out in the remote Country. Once through Dalry you have a lovely lazy stretch along loch Ken. The road is great so you can enjoy the scenery and the valley.
After Castle Douglas you will take the southerly route along the A710 as a detour to get off the busier A75 and a chance to go through some lowland farming area. You will also go through New Abbey (The home of Sweetheart Abbey a church still standing remarkably complete and over 700 years old). Once through Dumfries you have the very quick blast through to Moffat along some great bends and curves.
PRO TIP – If you loved the Dalveen pass you can always take a left in Dumfries( follow signposts to Thornhill), go through Thornhill ( about 2 miles) and catch the Dalveen pass (A702) Back to Moffat on a reverse of the start of the day.
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There should be no need to refuel on this route as long as you filled up before leaving Moffat, but there are a couple of fuel stations on route if required. Castle Douglas is about half way round and therefore would probably be the best place to do so.