SATURDAY 21TH MARCH, 2009
BURGHEAD TO FORRES – 12 MILES, 6 HOURS
MORRIS, MARGARET, LIZ AND ANDREW
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 420.2 MILES
After an enjoyable night in the welcoming, Station Hotel and a hearty breakfast we set off about 0930 accompanied by our friends Liz and Andrew for our walk to Forres. Although the sun was shining there was a brisk breeze blowing from the sea making it much cooler than yesterday. We made our way from Burghead harbour to the caravan park (where the Moray Coastal Trail signpost directs you to follow a path through the woods) and made our way down onto the beach. For the next seven miles we walked on the lovely golden sands of Burghead Bay to the mouth of Findhorn Bay. After viewing a pod of seals on a sandbank on the west side of the river at the mouth of the bay we walked into the village passed the marina. A much needed break was taken in the Crown and Anchor hotel (where Andrew and I could not resist a plate of delicious Cullen Skink soup) before we walked on making our way back to the pebbly sands at the edge of the bay. It was low tide in the bay and we decided to walk across the sand and mud flats keeping to the east side of the smaller river which runs into the bay from Forres. The walk across the mud flats was interesting and gave a different perspective to the surrounding landscape and was far more enjoyable than the alternative 3.5 miles on roads. On reaching the south side of the bay we followed the river bank to the road near Mill of Grange. We walked into Forres on the minor road passing Middlefield and Waterford farms, the Distillery, level crossing and over the A96.
Summary; A very comfortable days walking on very flat terrain. Crossing the mud flats at FindhornBay should only be done at low tide and should not be started if there are signs the tide has turned.
Highs; The day got off to a good start after a nice night in the care of Corinne and Stuart, mine hosts at the Station Hotel. The lovely 7 mile beach walk.
Lows; None really. If we had followed the Moray Coastal Trail we would have walked to Findhorn Bay in the woods and missed the wonderful beach walk. Pity they don’t advise walkers of the alternative.
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