River Findhorn - A Walk on the Wild Side
Date: Friday 15 June, 2018
Event leader: Judith Binney
Price: £14Meet time: 09:00
Estimated finish time: 16:00
Difficulty: Moderate PlusGroup size: 12
Distance: 12 miles (19km)
This popular walk, new in 2016, follows the west bank of the River Findhorn. It is one of the most stunning but least well known of all the walks in Moray.
This walk affords the walker some of the best views of the river and cliffs, not to mention glimpses of wildlife, along this wonderful river. Come and explore the high cliffs and waterside tracks to discover the ‘wild side’ of the River Findhorn from the A96 south on the West Bank. At Daltullich Bridge we follow the better known pathways to Randolph’s Leap and the café back at Logie Steading.
A key sectionof the path was created in the 1800s but in recent decades had become overgrown and unused. This has now been cleared and follows a beautiful narrow terrace path high above the river with good views of the impressive cliffs on the other bank.
Another section had been closed due to a major landslip. A way has been found through this, although this short sections remains rather rough. Because this walk is still not ‘well trodden’ in many sections the ground underfoot is rough and those accustomed to manufactured or well trodden routes will find this walk more tiring than the distance might suggest.
You will be taken from Logie Steading to the start at Newton of Dalvey (NJ007577). There are no big hills, but there are short steep sections, some muddy parts and some very uneven ground. Other sections are forest tracks and relatively easy underfoot.
The River Findhorn is famed for the beautiful rocky gorges it squeezes through, with deep pools and rapids framed by mature trees. Any one of the views would be worth the walk to see, but amazingly there is another around every corner. Don’t forget your camera, and come and explore one of Scotland’s secrets.
Terrain: Mix of forest track and rough uneven ground. Approx 300m of vertical ascent.
Bring: Morning and afternoon snacks, and lunch.
Where to Meet
Meet at Logie Steading.
Follow the A940 (Grantown Road) out of Forres for about 6 miles, turning right onto the B9007 where Logie Steading is advertised, and then right again after quarter of a mile, into Logie Steading itself.
Park in the overspill car park behind the steading, where the transport will meet us.
Grid Ref. NJ006505 Post Code IV36 2QN
About the Provider
This walk is provided by Judith Binney, with any monies raised going to the Moray Way Organisation.
This walk along the River Findhorn must be one of Moray’s best kept secrets. My motivatation in providing this walk is simply to share my joy in discovering this impressively beautiful but little walked stretch of the river and to encourage others to do so. Because there are no waymarkers and it is not on the map, those who do not know the route often go astray at key points. I would like to help others who want to discover this hidden delight.
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