Kirtle Water

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The Kirtle Water above Gretna

The Kirtle Water is a river in Dumfriesshire.

The Kirtle rises on the southern slopes of Haggy Hill where its headwaters are impounded to form Winterhope Reservoir. Below the dam it flows in a generally southerly direction passing Waterbeck and Eaglesfield to the village of Kirtlebridge along which stretch it is closely followed both by the A74(M) motorway and the mainline railway between Carlisle and Glasgow.

From Kirtlebridge the river turns southeastwards to flow by Kirkpatrick-Fleming and on, to the west of Gretna, to empty into the estuary of the Dumfriesshire Esk at the eastern limit of the Solway Firth.

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