Sunday 18 August 2013

River Findhorn and Darnaway Forest.

Rafe in Darnaway Forest

A lovely afternoon dog walk in the woods of Moray. We walked through the woods, filled with birdsong and wildflowers and down to the River Findhorn, in its gorge.

Rafe by Dunearn Burn in Darnaway Forest

Findhorn Gorge with views to Logie House

The going was good and the walking easy.

River Findhorn in Darnaway Forest

River Findhorn in Darnaway Forest

The path was mainly above the river, but we scrambled down to the waters edge so Rafe could have a swim.

River Findhorn in Darnaway Forest

A couple of rafts of thrill seekers from the outdoors centre upstream came into view, having a bit of a rest between rapids. They looked like they were having fun (mostly) in wetsuits and helmets, before floating off downstream to the next bit of white water.

White water rafters on the River Findhorn in Darnaway Forest

We continued downstream, keeping as close to the water as we could, before spying the waymark back to the start.

The final part of the walk was along forestry tracks, pleasant and sunny, but not well waymarked. We felt we were lucky to find our way back to the car park without taking a wrong turn.

River Findhorn in Darnaway Forest

Route: Car park by the Conicavel to Grantown-on-Spey road signposted Darnaway Forest Walks. Follow the waymarked trail from the car park NE down to the River Findhorn, footpath south (upstream) along the river, soon after a fishing hut the path leaves the river, signposted to the car park, follow forestry tracks west then north, as waymarked back to the start.

Statistics:  Distance: 3.5km  Time: 1.30hrs  Ascent: Haven't the faintest until we get a proper map, rather than just a guide book, but probably no more than 150m

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