The Dava Way Association
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A little bit about The Dava Way Association.
In Autumn 1996 opening the route of the abandoned railway line between Grantown-on-Spey and Forres as a cycle and walk way was voted one of the top development ideas in a survey of households in Forres and the surrounding areas. The Dava Way Association came into being in June 1997 with the aim of establishing a walking and cycling path along the route. We believe we may be the only volunteer group in Scotland (the UK) to have negotiated the opening of a new trail of this length, and to attempt to continue to upgrade and maintain it.
- This A5 leaflet describes what we do
Opening the Dava Way
The new bridge over the Altyre Burn
In 1997 the route was impassable over long sections due to overgrowth of gorse, broom and fallen trees, flooding of cuttings, embankments being washed away and the removal of a major bridge crossing. The ownership of the railway land had reverted back to the landowners and private individuals had bought sections of the line alongside their properties. Negotiations were complex and very time consuming and thus it was not until 2003 that we were able to start any of the physical work of clearing the route to create a pathway.
By 2005 sufficient work had been carried out to declare the route open (although part of the route was directed along a minor road). The offical opening took place on Sunday, September 18th 2005. In conjunction with Forres Rotary Club, we held a special opening event – The Dava Way Experience. This involved a 24 mile race from Grantown-on-Spey to Forres and sponsored walks. The opening ceremony itself was held on the wonderful Divie Viaduct, with approx 150 walkers completing the 12 miles from there back to Forres. Altogether about 300 adults and children walked and ran along the route in glorious sunshine. Such was the success of this event in raising over £3,000 for local causes that it was decided to repeat the event in future years. Visit our Experience page for up to date information. In 2007 we completed negotiations with the landowners and land users to re-route the Dava Way from the Half Davoch minor road to the Logie section of the old railway line. The whole length of the route is now off road between Forres and Grantown. In achieving this we acknowledge the support and co-operation of the landowners, land users, the Councils and the Cairngorns National Park.
Keeping it open - Supporting the Dava Way
The Dava Way was opened and is maintained by volunteers. To date we have received around £100,000 in support from various sources. On the ground this has enabled a rebuild path at Dunphail, a new bridge across the Altyre burn, access steps and ramp, leaflets and information boards, picnic tables and parking area at Dunphail and more. All contractor work carried out along the route is supported by volunteer effort. Almost all path maintainance, drainage and signage work, vegeatation control iss been carried out entirely by volunteers. This website is the result of volunteer effort. Much of the volunteer effort reflects the difficulty in obtaining funding for improving and maintaining paths - that sort of work is normally done by local Authorities and National bodies. We believe The Dava Way is the only such route in the UK established and maintained by volunteers.
We will always need help and support - could you help?
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This means that £10 can be turned into £12.80 just so long as donations are made through Gift Aid. Imagine what a difference that could make, and it doesn't cost you a thing.
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Alternatively you could donate a bench or picnic table in memory of a loved one.
If you have spare time you could join our volunteers to help on volunteer days when we carry out maintenance and upgrade grade - volunteer.
Contact the Dava Way
Your feedback is welcomed. Your comments both encourage us and help us to plan improvements:
The Dava Way Association,The Hub, 20 Tolbooth Street, Forres, Moray. IV36 1PH
email: @ The Dava Way Association