Date/TimeDate(s) - 15/04/2018
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Walk DetailsPub Stop?: No O/S Map Sheet No.: 28 Grid Ref. Start: 114689 Grid Ref. Finish 227709 Walk (Miles): 9 Walk Hours: 4.5 Bus Time to Walk:2.5 hrs Bus Time from Walk: 2 hrs Departure time from walk: 3:30 p.m.
O.S. Map No. 28 (Elgin).
N.B. 8am start from Aberdeen.
Our walk today takes us back to the Moray Firth coast, to walk part of the Moray Coast trail. This grand trail includes a fine cliff-top section with coves and sea stacks and finishes with a long walk across a huge sandy beach. Kevin Williams suggested this walk on his “suggestion sheet” and your committee included it in the 2018 Programme. This is a “through walk”, so members who require a shorter or different walk, please indicate your intentions with Committee Member in charge, prior to leaving the bus.
The walk commences at Burghead (NGR 114 689) and heads east past the huge maltings building, owned by the drinks giant Diageo. This together with a similar plant nearby provides much of the raw ingredients for the production of whisky. Continue eastwards past the Maltings building and join the old railway line which follows the coast to Cummingston. Continue eastwards on the railway line to reach Hopeman and follow the “Moray Firth coastal path” signpost to reach a carpark at the east beach. Continue eastwards on the Moray Firth coast walk where the path begins to rise up steps and eventually descends to Clashach Cove. Continue eastwards past Clashach Quarry. The cliffs here are actually an ancient fossilised dune system. Keep straight ahead (E) until almost past the coastguards lookout station. Turn left, at a T-junction and then follow the path to the right. Further on you will get a first view of Covesea Lighthouse and a sea-stack directly below the path. Beyond this, the path sweeps down to the western end of a vast sandy beach. If the tide is right continue eastwards, otherwise a path along the top of the dunes is your way ahead. This beach runs approximately 2k to eventually reach our bus at Lossiemouth (NGR 227 709).
Walking distance approximately – 9 miles.
Bus departs at 3.30pm.
In the event of an emergency, the person in charge of the outing should be contacted, if possible, before the police are contacted.
Relevant telephone number for Grampian Police is 0845 600 5700 or 999.
Committee member in charge today is Heather Eddie
Online bookings are closed for this event. Please contact Gilbert to find out if there are spaces available.