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Heldon Hill Sunset Challenge Walk & Beach BBQ

Date: Saturday 15 June, 2019

Event leader: NW Grampian Long Distance Walkers' Association

Price: £25Meet time: 15:30

Estimated finish time: 23:59

Difficulty: ChallengingGroup size: 54

Distance: 25 miles (40km)

Ascent: 577mHigh point: 233m

Please note: This walk involves some night walking

Booking deadline: 23:00 Friday 14 June, 2019


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Heldon Hill Sunset Challenge Walk & Beach BBQ

This is a 25-mile walking challenge starting from Elgin at 4 pm. The walk goes west along the River Lossie & through Quarrelwood, then south to Torrieston walks. From here it goes west over Heldon Hill to Califer viewpoint, then south Rafford and then west to Dava Way and Forres. Then going around Forres to the Coastal Trail at Suenos Stone and onto Findhorn.

There will be a BBQ on the beach at Findhorn for participants to enjoy at the end of the challenge walk from ‘city to sea’. Unless you have made other arrangements, a minibus will transport you back to Forres, so please make sure you leave a car there on Saturday and get public transport to the start in Elgin. There are regular buses and trains between Forres and Elgin during the day.

Although this is not a led walk, you can walk at the tail end with the back marker marshals, if you want to be guided along the route. For those wanting to navigate themselves,  please take:

  1. Route description and GPX file (Available to download from NW Grampian LDWA web Site closer to the event date)
  2. Map and compass (Ordnance Survey Explorer map 423 covers the whole route)
  3. A torch
  4. Mobile phone

The route will have way markers on difficult sections, and a GPX file will also be available for download closer to the event from the NW Grampian LDWA web Site. There will also be a tail end walker/sweeper wearing a hi-viz top, so if you need help with navigating the route, you will need to walk at the back.

The walk to Forres is more or less the overnight section of the Laich o’ Moray 50 mile Challenge in September, but in daylight, so a good opportunity for participants of that, to recce it.


Where to Meet - Description

Meet in front of Elgin Library in Cooper Park at 3.30pm for a 4pm start.
Grid Reference NJ218631
The Library Post Code is IV30 1HS

Where to Meet - Map

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About the Provider

The Long Distance Walker’s Association has a membership of over 9000 and are the leading authority on Long distance routes in the UK. Their web site is full of useful information at  

NW Grampian LDWA is a local group within the Long Distance Walker’s Association


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Updated February 2018