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Archiestown: Short Forest Circular



PATH NAME:

Archiestown: Short Forest Circular

LOCAL SETTLEMENT(S):

Archiestown

INTRODUCTION:

The Short Forest Circular route is one of several waymarked walks within the forest to the north of Archiestown. The village of Archiestown is one of the highest in Moray, standing at 237 metres (777ft) above sea level. It is situated on the B9102 scenic route to Grantown on the south facing slopes of the Moor of Ballintomb to the North of the River Spey. The village was founded in 1760, by Sir Archibald Grant of Monymusk, who established it as a community of linen weavers. It still retains much of the character of the eighteenth century planned settlement and is designated a Conservation Village.

THE ROUTE AND FEATURES OF INTEREST:

The route starts in the village centre at the timber finger post. Follow the sign north along the tarmac road to the entrance of the forest. On entering the forest take a left at the first forest track and follow the Purple waymarkers.

SIGNAGE:

Fully Signed

WALK GRADE:

Moderate
An undulating path of between one and four miles, which may have a few short steep sections and/or varying surfaces.

MILEAGE:

2.5 Miles

ESTIMATED WALKING TIME:

00 Day(s)  01 Hour(s)  15 Minute(s)

HEIGHT CLIMBED AND DEGREE OF SLOPE:

Some steady inclines and declines, with an overall rise of 30 metres (91 feet) along the path's length.

BARRIERS:

There are a couple of small timber bridges with steps and handrails, and several timber platforms over ditches. The path is quite narrow on the east section through the woodland.

TERRAIN:

A mixture of tarmac road, formal forest tracks and meandering earth paths. The paths can be muddy in places when wet and there are tree roots in places. Stout footwear is advised.

USERS:

All non motorised users have a right of access to use this route under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. The route may be unsuitable for most buggies and wheelchairs due to the narrow nature of the path. Mountain bikers may have to dismount in places. The eastern section is unsuitable for horseriding due to the small bridges.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Access

You now have a 'right of access' to all the paths featured. You are required to act responsibly in accordance with the new Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC). Know the code before you go! To acknowledge landowners and farmers co-operation in making these walks possible leave the area as you find it, respect property and take care to stay away from farming and timber operations. Please keep dogs under control at all times and on a lead near livestock. Note: Please do not pick wild flowers, this is a criminal offence.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Useful Contacts

Forestry Commission Scotland, Huntly office - Tel. 01466 794161 Speyside Footpaths Network Group, Allan Gurr- Tel. 01340 810682 Moray Council Outdoor Access Manager, Ian Douglas - Tel. 01343 557049 Traveline, public transport info- Tel 0870 6082608

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