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Dava Way

Dava Way ~ 24 miles (38.5 km) ~ 2 days' walking

The Dava Way is one of our shorter routes and can be comfortably completed over a weekend if desired.  Stretching over 24 miles (38 kilometres) from Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park to the fine country town of Forres in the County of Moray the Way passes through a pleasant mix of farmland, woods and moors. The Dava Way can be combined with other walks along the Moray Way for those who want a longer route.

Mostly following the old Highland Railway Line, it provides wonderful traffic-free walking on gentle gradients, though the surface can be a little muddy in places.  With a fine variety of scenery all around the route leaves the River Spey at Grantown and crosses moorland where, to the south, the Cromdale Hills and the Cairngorm Mountains dominate the skyline as you leave Strathspey behind.  Thereafter you encounter the ascent of the Dava Summit at 1050 feet (320 metres) before descending through more fertile and pastoral landscapes to the Moray Firth where the Moray Coastal Trail begins.

The surface is varied, mostly firm and good, but can be rough in places. At the last count there were 17 gates along the route, there are no stiles.  Serious walkers can complete the route in a day but most will want to break it into two stages. The main challenge for many walkers is that there is only limited accommodation available with most situated at the start and end of the route.

Grantown on Spey is linked by bus to Aviemore and Inverness, whilst Forres has a rail and bus link to Inverness, therefore the only public transport between Grantown and Forres is by connection in Inverness. Along the way, the only bus service is the school bus (open to the public) that links Grantown with Dunphail and the church below the Divie Viaduct.

This variety makes the Dava Way one of the best long distance walking paths and provides an important link between the Speyside Way in the south and the Moray Coastal Trail to the north.

Everyone who completes the Dava Way is eligible to purchase a Dava Way cloth badge from the Dava Way Association (DWA).

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Route Terrain
Easy

Route Signposting
Waymarked

Navigational Skills
Easy

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Dava Way ~ 24 miles (38.5 km) ~ 2 days' walking

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Fixed Price - £210 per person

Single supplement - £60

Included

  • 3 nights’ accommodation for 2 people sharing in quality B&Bs, guest houses, inns and hotels. Rooms with shower/wc (where available)
  • Breakfast
  • Door to door baggage transfer - maximum 18 kg per bag
  • Detailed route notes
  • Location details for each accommodation
  • Travel information to the start and from the finish of the walk
  • Suggested equipment list
  • Emergency support

Not Included

  • Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks
  • Travel insurance

Customise My Walk

 

For a longer walk, you may choose to combine the Dava Way with the Moray Coastal Trail. It is also possible to combine the Dava Way with part of the Moray Coastal Trail and part of the Speyside Way to create a circuit of 95 miles (153km), known as the Moray Way. If you would like to stay an extra night at any point on the route, please let us know in the Comments section of the Enquiry Form.

Stages and distances
Grantown-on-Spey
8.5 miles - 13.5 km
Dava
15.5 miles - 25 km
Forres


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