Saturday 21 March 2020

Hopeman to Forres along the Moray Coast Trail - I'll never take it for granted again!

Goldeneye from Hopeman West Beach

On the Saturday before locktown I took a stroll along the Moray Coast Trail from home in Hopeman to Forres - mostly in very splendid isolation...

Burghead from Cummingston

It's a walk I know well - some of it gets walked daily, some every few weeks, sometimes we get the bikes out - rarely do I put all the pieces together.

Looking back (E) towards Hopeman from the old railway line between Cummingston and Burghead

It's a lovely bit of coastline - we're so lucky to have it on our doorstep - and I'm glad I managed to take this walk on a bright, if chilly, March day, before this horrible virus changed all our lives in so many ways - It'll be a while until we can do this again.

So, please enjoy the photographs - and for the time being, stay home and stay safe :)

Burghead harbour

Counting blessings...

Looking back (E) towards Burghead

Looking back (E) along Burghead Bay - it's one big beach!

Roseisle Forest

In Roseisle Forest near the back of Kinloss Barracks

Burghead Bay from the Moray Coast Trail at the back of Kinloss Barracks

Views west towards Findhorn and Ben Wyvis from the back of Kinloss Barracks

Burghead Bay - views back (E) towards Burghead

Nearing Findhorn with views to Ben Wyvis

Ringed plover near Findhorn

Findhorn steps

Many seals on Culbin Sands from Findhorn

Findhorn village

Findhorn village

A good place for a coffee - looking over Findhorn Bay from the village
(Findhorn Bakery were still doing take out coffee - I was definitely ready for a hot drink and a slice of cake)

Findhorn Bay

Footbridge to Forres with views to  Nelson Tower on Cluny Hill

Near the summit of Cluny Hill

Nelson Tower

The view over Findhorn Bay from Cluny Hill, Forres - tides out!

Crocus in Grant Park, Forres

Cherry blossom above the Mossett Burn

Route:  Home (Hopeman),  Moray Coast Trail west via Cummingston, Burghead, Roseisle Forest and Burghead Bay, Findhorn beach and village, to Kinloss, fp beside B9089 to Forres, path across Grant Park, ascending Cluny Hill to Nelson Tower, descend different path to Grant Park, west along High Street to Tesco supermarket (NJ029587)

Statistics:  Distance: 29.5km  Ascent: 220m Time: 5 hours 45 minutes

Map:  OS Explorer 423 Elgin, Forres & Lossiemouth

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