Here is a list of commonly asked questions and answers which we hope you will find useful.
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- What is Morayways?
- I’d like further information on a walk, who should I contact?
- Do public access rights apply to all the routes featured in this site?
- What is a Long Distance Path?
- What is a Health Walk?
- What is a Low Level Walks?
What is Morayways?
Morayways is the ‘one-stop’ website featuring many of the outdoor access opportunities in Moray, in terms of specific paths and routes to follow. There is detailed information and links to relevant websites for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and water access users (ie canoeists, kayakers and rafters).
I’d like further information on a walk, who should I contact?
For information on general outdoor access in Moray :
Moray Access Manager at Moray Council - Ian Douglas
Tel. 01343 557049
For information on the Speyside Way:
The Speyside Way Ranger Service Speyside Way Visitor Centre,
Old Station Building,
Banffshire AB38 9QP
Phone/fax 01340 881266
Do public access rights apply to all the routes featured in this site?
Yes! A ‘right of responsible access’ to all of these routes can be enjoyed by all non motorised users, under The Land Reform Scotland Act 2003. This includes horse riders, cyclists, pedestrians and water users. For more information on this right and the associated Scottish Outdoor Access Code refer to the Scottish Natural Heitage website link www.outdooraccess-scotland.com
What is a Long Distance Path?
A Long Distance Path is a route, which would take a full day or more to complete if walking it’s totality. These are of great interest to the visitor as they travel through some of Moray’s most impressive scenery.
There are 4No. Long Distance paths at present: The Speyside Way, The Moray Coast Trail, The Dava Way, and The Isla Way.
What is a Health Walk?
Health Walks are principally for those that require modest exercise to help them get fit or recover from an illness. The health walks featured in this website complement a booklet entitled 'Moray Health Walks' which is being used by NHS Grampian Primary Health Care Providers. The walks are also being used by volunteer walk leaders from the Paths to Health initiative.
The walks are all graded in such a way as to encourage you to start slowly and build up gradually. The aim is for you to start off on the level 1 walks and progress through to level 3 walks in your own time as you become more confident and able. Walks are at three grade levels.
What is a Low Level Walks?
Low Level walks are numerous in Moray located in and around the settlements and frequent Moray’s low level coastal farmland, areas of forestry and principal river valleys. They are usually modest in length (most under 5 miles), and involve only a moderate level of exercise. The routes have a variety of surfaces, from earth and gravel paths, to farm tracks and quiet country roads. All paths are suitable for walkers, with some appropriate for cyclists and horse riders-check route descriptions for suitability.
These routes are ideal for family and visitors, as they often pass places of interest and local beauty spots around settlements.