Slorach's Wood Walk

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This is an enjoyable walk on a pine-clad hill on the outskirts of Fochabers, Moray. Mostly on good paths dating back to the 19th Century, the route takes you to the gorge on the Ordiequish Burn and to Jean Carr's Stone, a glacial erratic which sheltered a poor demented woman who in the 18th Century was forced to live much of her life in the wood, sheltering at the stone; as a frail old woman she was found dead there (full story at the stone).

We have added a short stroll to the main walk... the Earth Pillar walk, overlooking the River Spey, with fine views on a good family walk (with dog). Boots are recommended. Refreshments, shops, cafes and toilets are found in Fochabers.

Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Moray - Countryside

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Cafe, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Pub, Restaurant, River, Toilets, Woodland
03/09/2013 - Fiona Dick

I'm afraid that the Forestry Commission has now designated this part of the wood for mountain bikes as part of the 'Moray Monster Trails'. They have removed the sign to the car park and created a new car park about a mile further north,at Ordiquish. In the wood, there are now four bike trails but all traces of the walk route have been removed and walking paths are not being maintained. Nevertheless, we did try and had an enjoyable, if somewhat stressed (!), walk. In detail, at WP2 there is no longer a fork; at WP5 we went past the stone and turned left up to a T-junction;at WP6 you have to ignore a bike track off to L before the crossroads; we couldn't find the fork at WP8 and therefore missed the route until WP13, walking instead on bike tracks.

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