Date(s) - 15/09/2013
8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Walk Details

Pub Stop?: Yes
O/S Map Sheet No.: 27
Grid Ref. Start: 999610
Grid Ref. Finish 999610
Walk (Miles): 11
Walk Hours: 5.5
Bus Time to Walk:2.5
Bus Time from Walk: 2.5
Departure time from walk: 1600

Walk Notes

Our walk today was last done in May 2004. It commences at the end of an unclassified road near Wellhill farm (NGR 999 610) and enters the forest and its dozens of criss/cross tracks. This walk will be a test of your navigational skills. If you feel you are not skilful in navigation, please go with some member(s) who has these skills. This walk is a circular one, so members can have a shorter walk as long as they can navigate in the forest trails. So, if any member(s) require(s) a shorter walk, please advise your committee member in charge of the bus and, in the case of safety, indicate your intentions on the attendance sheet.

The walk commences near Wellhill farm, where we enter Culbin forest and follow the main track NW’wards for about 600m, passing a picnic area on our right. At a junction of tracks (NGR 996 615), turn right (ENE’wards) and after about 700m, at a split in the track, veer north for just over 100m. At the next junction (NGR 000 621), turn left and follow a wide forest track SW’wards passing a small lochan after about 700m. Continue on this route ignoring tracks on both sides. After about 3km, you arrive at a T junction (NGR 972 610). Turn right here, (NW’wards) and head along this wide forest track, ignoring a wide track on your left side. After about 550m take the track to your right (NGR 967 613) and head ENE’wards for approx. 2.6km (there is a slight kinked deviation which heads south, east and then north to get you back on track) to arrive at a path on your left (NGR 987 621). Turn left here and head NNW’wards towards spot height 29m. Here, there is a high wooden tower which, if climbed, gives a wonderful view of the forest, its environs and the hills across the Moray Firth. Continue N’wards to gain the beach of the Moray Firth and veer NE’wards along the coast to reach the “fisher’s bothy” (NGR 007 647). From here, head E’wards towards Findhorn Bay and at about NGR 027 643, veer southwards towards Binsness and SW’wards along the edge of Findhorn Bay to pass Lake of Moy and onwards to the picnic site near our starting point near Wellhill, where our bus will be parked.