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The Western Side of the Findhorn Gorges

Date: Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Event leader: Wilson Metcalfe

Price: £10Meet time: 18:30

Estimated finish time: 21:00

Difficulty: ModerateGroup size: 12

Distance: 5 miles (8km)



The Western Side of the Findhorn Gorges

This is an evening Walk.  Join the Forres Footpaths Trust guides for this stunning circular walk that explores the gorges of the River Findhorn using a mix of fishermen’s paths and forestry tracks. Expect narrow paths with steep drops to the side in some sections.  This was a popular walk in previous years.

Distance: 5 miles/8km.

Return: approx 9 pm.

Difficulty: 3 (Moderate)

Bring: A drink and a snack.

Price includes free guide to walks in the Forres Area worth £1.50

Where to Meet - Description

Meet at an off road parking spot 200 metres south of Conicavel.
Conicavel is 4 miles SW of Forres and is signposted off the A96. Travelling south, you pass a saw mill on the left as you leave Conicavel. At the top of the gentle rise there is off road parking on the left side of the minor road.
Limited lifts will be available from Forres Orchard Road Car Park NJ 038 588 at 17:45.
Grid Reference NH995533 Post Code IV36 2TU

Where to Meet - Map

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About the Provider

The Forres Footpaths Trust was established in the late 1990s to establish and promote footpaths in the Forres area.  The Trust now has 14 walks on the Trust’s website.   Six of these are way marked with coloured arrows, and this comprehensive variety of walks were used as the basis for acquiring Walkers are Welcome status for Forres in 2016.

Trust members have led a variety of walks since the very first Moray Walking Festival.    The varied routes used for the Festival are not on the website and have proved to be very enjoyable and popular with participants. The Trust, in collaboration with Highland Disabled Ramblers, usually leads a Disabled Ramble using mobility scooters during the Festival.

The funds raised from the Festival walks pay for the Trust’s website and also the annual licence to use Ordnance Survey maps to enhance the walk descriptions.

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Updated February 2018