Isla Marathon Walk
Date: Saturday 16 June, 2018
Event leader: Claudia Zieske
Price: £25Meet time: 07:00
Estimated finish time: 18:00
Difficulty: ChallengingGroup size: 20
Distance: 26 miles (42km)
Booking deadline: 17:00 Wednesday 31 December, 1969
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Isla Marathon Walk
Slow Marathon, co-concepted with Ethiopian artist Mihret Kebede in 2012, is an annual marathon length walking event, always leading to Huntly. Celebrating the human pace, it is both an endurance event as well as a poetic act that brings together friendship, physical activity and an appreciation of our varied landscape.
This marathon length walk was first tested during the annual Huntly Walking without Walls Slow Marathon in April 2018. It leads us along the river Isla from a place near Dufftown via Keith to Huntly. On the way we will see many different features of natural and historic interest, including Loch Park, Bitrophie church, Balloch and Bin forest, as well as the White Wood – a living monument to peace.
Note: while this route is relatively easy terrain, a marathon length walk is a strenuous undertaking. Good fitness is required.
Where to Meet - Description
Meet at Huntly Square
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About the Provider
This walk is provided by Claudia Zeiske, walking leader and art director of Deveron Projects.
This marathon length walk begins with a bus ride from Huntly Square to our start near Dufftown. From here we walk along the Isla Way via Keith to Huntly.
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Updated February 2018