Yesterday I had to get out and had a short wander along the local Dava Way.

There is a bit of work going on with a new pipeline going in from a local distillery. The path is in great condition and lots of work going into it by the distillery.

It’s a magic place following the old railway line and sheltered in places as yesterday there was a bit of wind.

I hardly visit here and have missed out on my local area but this is a lovely walk and the volunteers who look after it do so well. Thank you all.

New footpath not far off completed! Just closed till path completed Health and Safety?

We had a great 2 hours enjoying the sun and it was lovely to get out again. I will cycle this route this summer I promised myself last year that I would do it.

Imagine when there was a railway here and how wonderful that would be today. Yet we have a great route the Dava Way how lucky are we.

The Dava Way 

The Dava Way path links the historic towns of Forres and Grantown-on-Spey. Almost all of the route follows the old Highland Railway line and is off road and safe from traffic. Along its length it passes through a pleasant mix of farmland, woodland and moorland. The Dava Way is a great off road cycling route. The surface is firm for most of the route but it is often rough and front suspension is definitely recommended.

Route Details

  • Distance: 24 Miles
  • Time needed: 4-6 hours
  • Classification: Medium
  • Type: Traffic-free, gravel surface
  • Access: Nearest stations at Forres and and Broomhill (about 4 miles south west of Grantown)

Route Description 

This is a pleasant and easy route. The surface of the path is generally compacted railway track-bed material, rough and rutted in places, and is good for walking and off road cycling.

Depending on the weather, stretches may be very wet. There are 16 opening gates along the route with 2 kissing gates as you approach Grantown and low steps at the track end at Grantown with a steeper flight at Squirrel Neuk Bridge. Further detail on the route can be found at

It offers a variety of landscape, flora and fauna along with natural and railway heritage. It is about 40km to Grantown-on-Spey from the centre of Forres. Starting your journey from Forres; the Dava Way begins at Mannachie Avenue some 2km from the town centre. A network of sign-posted paths through the various woodlands surrounding Forres, from Grant Park and the Sanqhuar Pond all lead to the old railway and the start of the Dava Way.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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