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Moffat Mountain Marathon

53 km / 33 miles

Dumfries & Galloway, Borders
The Moffat Mountain Marathon is an Anytime Challenge Walk over the Moffat Hills in the heart of the Scottish Southern Uplands. The walk is a demanding one over mainly trackless and remote terrain in high mountain country with ascent/descent of some 2300m (7500ft). Navigational skills are essential and walkers are advised not to attempt the round in conditions of dense hill fog.

The route includes the ascent of two Corbetts (Scottish hills above 2500ft with at least a 500ft drop on all sides), ten Donalds (2000ft + hills in the Scottish 'Lowlands') and two Donald Deweys (500m - 609m Scottish hills with a drop on all sides of at least 30m). The highest point reached is the summit of White Coomb, 821m (2693ft). Only two isolated dwellings are passed en route, at Fruid Farm and at Corehead, and only one road, the latter a minor single track mountain road at approximately the half-way stage of the walk (the small parking area, suitable for little more than one car, at the Megget Stone on the Megget Road (GR NT151203) is the only place on the whole route suitable for a support vehicle - please park with full consideration for other road users). The last 9 km of the route involves relatively low level walking on good paths, tracks and a quiet lane.

The inaugural walk of the Moffat Mountain Marathon was led by the Recorder, Alan Castle, accompanied by LDWA members Nigel Dean, Carole Engel, Tim Glenn, Jeff Parr, Chris Seddon and Tony Willey, on 21st April 2008 in a time of 16 hours 13 minutes. Neither badge nor certificate is available but if supplied with a brief account of your walk the Recorder will keep a list of all those who successfully complete the route. A route outline with list of grid references may be downloaded below: the route is a 'kanter' joining these. Transport and accommodation details and safety advice are included; see also the publication page linked below.


Path Type
Anytime Challenges
Anytime Challenges; Very Challenging; Moorland; Mountain
Start and Finish
NT084049 - Moffat main car park, Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway
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Route Description - PDF
Moffat Mountain Marathon (Alan Castle - 2008)
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Route Profile:

53.1 Km (33.0 miles)
2,288 m (7,507 ft) ascent
816 m (2,677 ft)  maximum height