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Moray Way 5 Day Challenge

Date: Monday 18 June, 2018

Event leader: Peter Mitchell

Price: £20 - £60Meet time: 08:20

Difficulty: Challenging

Distance: 95 miles (152km)

Ascent: 1820mHigh point: 320m

Please note: This event lasts five days.

Booking deadline: 0:00 Monday 11 June, 2018


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Event Information

The Moray Way is a 95 mile circular walk made up of the Dava Way, between Forres and Grantown-on-Spey, the Speyside Way between Grantown-on-Spey and Garmouth, and the Moray Coastal Trail between Garmouth and Forres. All 3 of these paths are a part of Scotland’s Great Trails. The object of this event is to walk the Moray Way in 5 easy stages using the various options available. This event is not a guided walk, but is monitored by the event organizer as you make your way around it. The distances are taken from the Moray Way Map, but participants from previous years have reported the overall distance is more like 100 miles. Until the map is updated we will stick with a distance of 95 miles.

The challenge can be achieved by either using the park and ride facility, or by backpacking the route using campsites and hostelries (Hotels Guest Houses and B&Bs) along the route. There is a ‘baggage transfer’ service to support the event if you don’t want to carry a heavy pack along the route.

The 5 Day Challenge is aimed at experienced long distance walkers who can achieve at least 2.5 mph for 5 consecutive days. The walk is unguided and participants are expected to be able to follow a way-marked path without a guide and at their own risk. The Moray Way is mainly on wide level paths but there are some sections on public roads and over rough ground where additional care should be taken.

Before booking your event on the website, please read the Moray Way 5 Day Challenge Information Pack, which contains further details of the options available.

For the ‘Park and Ride’ option, the Dava Way Association provides the transport and support with help from the local Long Distance Walking Association group. The idea is very simple, all you need to do is park your car at the end of each section, from where you will be transported to the start of the day’s walk. Then walk back to your car at your own pace along the way marked paths. Participating cafés will provide a free hot drink as you go around the Moray Way. No dogs on the bus please.

Park and Ride Schedule:

Day 1 on Mon 18th, Burghead to Dunphail – 21 miles (549ft ascent)

Day 2 on Tue 19th, Dunphail to Cromdale – 18.5 miles (883ft ascent)

Day 3 on Wed 20th, Cromdale to Aberlour – 20.5 miles (2038ft ascent)

Day 4 on Thu 21st, Aberlour to Garmouth – 18 miles (1936ft ascent)

Day 5 on Fri 22nd, Garmouth to Burghead – 17 miles (463ft ascent)


Where to Meet

'Park & Ride' participants meet at Edinkillie Community Hall to register on day one of the challenge.
The Hall is 7 miles south of Forres on the A940 next to the public phone box, near the junction with the minor road.
Please note: this is a rural area, the post code will take you near by, but not to the hall itself.
Grid Ref. NJ015482 Post Code IV36 2QQ
***Back Packing participants should refer to the challenge information pack and advise the organiser of their daily start points based on their overnight bookings***

About the Provider

A little bit about The Dava Way Association.

In Autumn 1996 opening the route of the abandoned railway line between Grantown-on-Spey and Forres as a cycle and walk way was voted one of the top development ideas in a survey of households in Forres and the surrounding areas. The Dava Way Association came into being in June 1997 with the aim of establishing a walking and cycling path along the route.

Please go to the Dava Way web site for more information at

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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.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Online Booking and Payment

The Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival is run by the Moray Way Association and sells tickets on behalf of event providers unless otherwise specified. This means that the final contract for your purchase will be between you and the event provider.

Your Order

When you place an order you will automatically receive an email from us. Your order constitutes an offer made to us to purchase the services specified in the order.
When payment is received you will receive a further email confirming acceptance of your offer. It is your responsibility to check that the confirmation issued to you is accurate.


We accept all major Credit and Debit cards, PayPal, BACS and cheque. Cheques drawn on a UK bank will be accepted up to 14 days prior to the booking deadline for that event.
We will hold reservations for seven days pending receipt of full payment. If we do not receive payment within seven days, the booking will be cancelled and reserved places released back to the event provider.

Refunds – Customer cancellation

By law, customers have the right to cancel bookings and receive a full refund if cancellation is done within 14 days of the date of the original online booking.
Beyond 14 days and before May 31st refunds can be claimed subject to an administrative charge of £1 per cancelled place. Cancellations for orders paid by cheque will be subject to an additional fee of £1 per booking.
After May 31st we are unable to offer refunds as by then arrangements for events are in place and there is no guarantee that places will be resold.

Refunds – Provider cancellation

Refunds will be provided in full for any events cancelled by providers. We are unable to provide any reimbursement or refund for any accommodation or transport booked if circumstances require an event to be cancelled.

Changes to the programme

In the event of circumstances beyond our control, we reserve the right to alter the programme and events.

Basis of participation

The organisers of the Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival recognise that outdoor activities carry a risk of personal injury dependent in part upon the skills of participants and prevailing weather conditions, both outwith the control of the organisers. Those taking part do so at their own risk and are responsible for their own actions and safety. In broad terms, the basis of participation is similar to that of individuals joining in club activities.

A key difference is that many events are led and take participants on unfamiliar routes. On led events, the event leader is responsible for route finding. A minority of events, usually offered by commercial providers, use fully trained instructors who have an additional responsibility for the overall safety of participants. If in doubt contact the provider.

Descriptions of events

Every effort is made to ensure that all events are described accurately and fairly to allow participants to make informed decisions. Ultimately event descriptions on this site are the responsibility of each event provider and the officers of The Moray Way Association cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies. If there is uncertainty over what participation in any event entails then enquiries should be made to seek clarification.

Suitability of events

The safety and enjoyment of individuals on any event is largely dependent upon the fitness, skills and health of each individual. It is expected that participants use the information provided to choose suitable events, and do not undertake any event, or challenge within an event, that is beyond their capability.
In the unlikely circumstance that on the day of the event the leader has good grounds to doubt the suitability of their event for any individual, then they have the right to refuse admission without refund.

Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Young people (under 16yrs) and vulnerable adults are welcome on appropriate events but must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. The accompanying adult is best placed to judge the capability of their charge and has the full responsibility both for judging the suitability of the event for that young person or vulnerable adult and for their actions during the event.


In general dogs are welcome on walks, providing dog owners act responsibly in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and ensure that dogs are kept under close control in the vicinity of livestock and in rural areas. The decision on whether dogs are welcome on individual events is the prerogative of the event provider, especially where transport is part of the event. If there is any doubt please contact the event provider before booking the event.

Updated February 2018