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Riding of the Marches

This is a traditional event that takes place in June and July and is variously re­ferred to as the Riding of the Marches (RoM) or the Common Riding.

As you might expect it’s now more of a carnival day – but its roots lie firmly in the Borders’ history.

The riding was undertaken to ensure that the marches – or boundaries – were secure against invasion and the practice still exists today in the weeks running up to the RoM in June each year.

Even the name of our own farmhouse – Riddingdyke – harks back to the days of common riding and one of the principal boundaries runs along the shore here at Powfoot.

We’re lucky enough each June to have a formal procession on horseback through the park, followed by a mad gallop across the sand.

The official Riding of the Marches itself takes place in and around Annan High Street and is worth seeing.

Apart from the fancy dress parades and fair there is an evening of the massed pipe bands, which rounds the day off well.

For more information on this please see the park notice board.