The Dava Way

Walk along the route of the old railway to Grantown

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The Dava Way runs from Forres to Grantown-on-Spey and follows the route of the old railway that ran between the two towns until the 1960s.

It’s 24 miles (38 km) long but of course you don’t have to do it all in one day. It can be done, however there are several spots where you can join it from the roadside. If you do this, you can linger longer in specific parts.

It wends its way across the Dava Moor and as a result, gets quite remote. There are many opportunities to see flora and fauna.

It forms part of the Moray Way, a triangle of three great walks making up a 95-mile circuit of Moray’s varied geography (moor, coast and river) linking up at the north end with the Moray Coast Trail and at the southern end with the Speyside Way.

The Dava Way can be completed in a day or two by foot but its also great for off-road cycling too. The trail is maintained by volunteers, and although it can get wet and rough in some places, it is firm underfoot. Allow four hours plus stops when cycling.

The highest point on the trail is 1052 feet above sea level. As a former railway route, there is little in the way of inclines. The route takes in a mix of farmland, woodland and moorland, and on a clear day you can enjoy wonderful views to the north as far as Sutherland.

Waterproofs and good footwear are a must.

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