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Dava Way Companion
The Companion is part of the Dava Way Story Board project initiated by Bill and Lorraine Budge in conjunction with the Dava Way Association with further support from Moray LEADER. The project's aim is to record and preserve some of the history, folklore and traditions associated with Edinkillie parish, Dava Moor and the Braes of Castle Grant area as well as to provide pointers to some of the natural history features of the area which might well be missed by the passing traveller. ‘The Dava Way Companion’ is a 72 page account of a journey from Forres to Grantown which brings all of these threads together. It includes maps at a scale of 1:80,000 by Helen Stirling which show the 18 waypoints at which a new series of interpretation boards have been placed. There are photographic illustrations throughout, some in colour, supplemented by drawings by local book illustrator Katie Pamment.
How to get a copy
'The Dava Way Companion' is on sale in bookshops in Forres and Grantown at a price of £4.95 or can be purchased direct from the publisher for £6. Cheque made payable to ‘Dava Way Associaton’ should be sent to Moray Way Association, 12 Adam Drive, Forres IV36 2JN. Alternatively it may be purchased through Amazon for £4.95 plus £2.80 p&p.
Ghost Train walk
Still smiling after 23 miles
The Dava Way Ghost Train Walk is a midsummer overnight walk from Grantown-on-Spey to Forres and takes place every two years. The next event will be in June 2015. The format is relatetively simple: register in Forres on Saturday evening, sit on a bus to Grantown then start walking back to Forres at around 10:00pm. Walkers are provided with simple liquid refreshments at Dava after 8 miles and a hearty breakfast at Dunphail at the 15 mile mark. Previous events have attracted around just over 100 walkers. For a brief account and pictures of the 2013 event take a look at the Events page.
This washout of the path indicates
the sort of challenge
the group repeatedly faces.
It was repaired by our vounteers.
In recent years there have been numerous challenges to maintaining and improving the route. We see a strady increase in the number of walkers and cyclist using the route and this in itself stresses many sections, especially those with sub standard drainage. The weather has also presented numerous challenges in recent years with heavier than avergae winter snows and wet summers.
Weather permitting, working partings are arranged around once a month. We try and strike a balnce between improvemnt and maintenance.
Improvement: Signage and information has been improved along the route with new finger posts at key locations and numerous lecturns highlighting local history and folklore along the route. These were part of a project funded by the Budge Trust.
Late 2013 will see contractors completing two projects improving key sections of path; one through the woods at Dunphail, the other through the cutting north of Dunphail. Dava Way volunteers are working on repairing drains between Dava and Bantrack.
Maintenance: Recent work has focussed on filling potholes between Dava and Bantrack and clearing undergrowth. With 24 miles of track to care for this is a never ending task. We enjoy this work! New volunteers are always welcome, email our volunteer co-ordinator.
Dava Way Meetings
The Dava Way Association is a registered charity and a limited company by guarantee. We hold committee meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of the month during the year and an Annual General Meeting in November. Naturally the public is always invited to our AGM. Anyone can attend our committee meetings, preferably by arrangement (limited space).
The next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, 10th December 2013 at The Hub, 20 Tolbooth Street, Forres starting at 7.30 pm
The last committee meeting was on Tuesday, 15th October 2013. These minutes are draft and subject to correction prior to being accepted at the next meeting. Download minutes
Annual General meetings
The 10th AGM is scheduled to be held in the Forres Lawn Tennis Clubhouse, Albert Street, Forres on Tuesday, November 5th 2013 starting 7.30pm.
Minutes of past meetings
All our meeting minutes are public and past minutes can be accessed through the Dava Way Office page.