Along the Way - Covesea to Hopeman
Date: Saturday 23 June, 2018
Event leader: Moray Way Association
Price: £5.00 - £8.00Meet time: 14:00
Estimated finish time: 16:00
Difficulty: Easy PlusGroup size: 12
Distance: 4 miles (6km)
Please note: There will be lots of stops on this walk.
Booking deadline: 0:00 Friday 22 June, 2018
£5 – £8
Along the Way – part of the Walking History project
Along the Moray Way, the coast is bright and clear
Stories sounding on the waves, echo down the years
Along the Moray Way as we walk along the shore
We are walking in the footsteps of those who went before
Romans and Vikings, Mormaers and Picts
Fisher Quines and Travellers, Farmers and Activists
Along the Moray Way is a treasure kist
Full of nature’s wonders and we’re all part of this
Join poet and storyteller Margot Henderson on a walk from Covesea to Hopeman to Hopeman in the footsteps of Vikings and Fisher Quines, Romans, Picts and Activists.
In the spirit of the travellers, ‘the summer walkers’ where stories are sourced from the place itself and the people who live there, where the rhythm of the stories is also the rhythm of our steps, walking the land. Sharing the walks and the stories brings a deeper sense of belonging in community, history and place and helps to put Moray on the map as a natural and cultural resource.
Where to Meet
Meet at Hopeman East Beach car park. Nearest Postcode IV30 5RX. From Elgin, Follow A96 west out of Elgin and take the B9013 on your right about 6miles. Follow this road until just before Burghead when you should turn left along the coast on the B9040. Continue on this road until you reach Hopeman and then turn left onto Harbour St. Follow this road to the bottom and take the last right and follow this road until you see the car park in front of the beach.
Then we will take you by transport the start of the walk.
About the Provider
The Moray Way Association was founded in 2011 with the aim of creating Moray’s long distance walking route, The Moray Way, a 100 mile circular walking trail. Since 2012 the organisation has also organised the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival with the purpose of encouraging walking and other outdoor pursuits in Moray.
The Moray Way Association is now a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), Scottish Charity number SC047381.
Last year, the organisation worked with storytellers Margot Henderson and Ben Hinnie and local history writer Norman Thomson on a storytelling project along the Moray Way, called Walking History, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery. This event showcases some of this work.
Margot is a Community Artist, whose work over the last 30 years, encourages creative self expression, explores roots and heritage, and connection to place, developing community and generating a sense of belonging. Much of her work is environmental, site specific, participatory and intergenerational. Sharing stories is a wonderful way to bring people together, to share and value their experience, to develop a sense of their lives in context, to nurture a sense of empathy with others and a sense of belonging to community, history and place.
Jim has been living and regularly walking on this section of the Moray Coast for over 10 years. He has a background in teaching and is a trained walking guide. The stunning sandstone cliffs between Covesea and Hopeman have a fascinating geological history and are home nesting fulmars, kittiwakes and cormorants amongst others. The walk of about 4 miles is on a well maintained footpath requiring moderate fitness and will afford many views of the cliff scenery and access to beaches and caves on the route.
Money raised from this event will support the development of the Moray Way and the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival.
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Event Grading System
This is intended as a rough indication only. Every effort has been made to make the level of activity and physical effort involved as clear as possible within the event description. If in doubt contact the event provider.
- Easy: A gentle activity over level easy terrain (or equivalent) lasting up to 2 hours. All ages and abilities welcome; time to stop, chat and stare.
- Easy+: An activity over generally easy terrain (or equivalent). Likely to include some slight inclines or similar extra effort. Usually lasting up to 3 hours with rests, etc.
- Moderate: A more varied activity and/or varied terrain (or equivalent), involving some extra effort for part of it. Typically a short day activity.
- Moderate+: Typically a full day activity over varied terrain (or equivalent) requiring stamina and/or more sustained effort. Short breaks for refreshments, lunch, etc
- Challenging: A range of activities with something ‘special’ that will appeal to the more experienced outdoor person. See event entry for details.
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Young People and Vulnerable Adults
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Updated February 2018