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Moray Way walkers' map launched

05 May 2010
(Forres Gazette)
 
A DETAILED walkers’ map of the circular Moray Way footpath, which links the Speyside Way, Moray Coastal Trail and Dava Way, has gone on sale.
The map details the 95-mile circular long-distance footpath which surrounds Moray and is priced at £3.50.
It has been published by the Moray Way Association, a volunteer organisation for pub­licising, promoting, assisting with maintenance and, where possible, improving these routes.
Start-up funding for the publication came from local company Walkers of Aberlour and a European Regional Development Fund grant. All proceeds from sales will be ploughed back to the association to help it pay for ongoing maintenance and improvements.
The map, which is printed on A1 sheets and folded into a plastic wallet (230mm x 120mm), has a scale of 1:80,000 and also contains a double-sided A4 sheet with telephone numbers including taxis, other transport operators, visitor centres and banks.
It’s a handy resource both for local residents and visitors who want the convenience of planning walks or cycle runs knowing in advance where they will achieve convenient access to the Moray Way using car or public transport, followed by comfortable walking or cycling.
Unlike other maps where the roads stand out and paths have to be searched for, the prime focus is on the walking and cycling routes, which are classified into six categories from grass and beach paths through to tarmac surfaces.
There are also inset street maps for the towns of Forres, Grantown-on-Spey and Lossiemouth, giving the key entry points where Moray Way indicators are to be found, plus a half-scale extension map to cover the part of the Coastal Trail which goes to Buckie and Cullen but is not part of the Moray Way circle.
There are 37 key points cross-referenced with Ordnance Survey grid references to link with OS maps and satnavs, distances between these being given to the nearest 0.1 mile. Bus routes on roads within the loop are shown, together with indications of frequency.
There are also lists of links to relevant websites for route and excursion-planning, including tide times.
The map will supplement a new Cicerone guide to the Speyside Way which is due to appear early next year and which will additionally cover the Dava Way and Moray Coastal Trail.
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