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    Dava Way: Dava to Dunphail

    Dava Way: Dava to Dunphail

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    The Dava Way: Dava to Dunphail is the second of three stages that comprise the full Dava Way. This 10.5 km section leads through expansive moorland before passing the Divie Viaduct and takes in incredibly remote areas with very little signs of life. You’ll walk alongside an old railway line for much of the route while enjoying pleasant easy walking on flat paths and tracks.

    Route Description for Dava Way: Dava to Dunphail

    The Dava Way: Dava to Dunphail is the second stage of the 38.0 km complete Dava Way trail. This pleasant 10.5 km walk is easy and approachable with virtually no elevation. The flat trail follows an old railway line with some minor muddy sections and some areas with sharp stones. Make sure you’ve got proper footwear to enjoy this walk to the fullest.

    The highlight of this section of the Dava Way is the impressive 7-arch Divie Viaduct. The 145 m long structure is no longer in use but is a sight to behold. With initial construction beginning in 1861, the Viaduct is a fascinating encounter with history and also grants walkers spectacular views of the River Divie that meanders below.

    From the grassy parking area off the A940, pick up the track that leads east and continue 50 m until you reach a signpost ushering left to join a path that heads into the woods. Follow the waymarkers after leaving the wooded area behind and set out into the sprawling pasture before you. The old railway line, an emblem of the Dava Way, is soon joined as you continue through the pastoral countryside, spotting livestock and a lonely old cottage.

    You’ll then find yourself crossing the wide-open moor as you take in the eastern slopes of Braemory and its hillsides carpeted in pretty heather. After passing an old, long-forgotten farmhouse, the next section of note is the lovely Bantrack wood which you’ll cut through to reach the Divie Viaduct.

    Beyond the viaduct, a welcome bench awaits for a quick rest before you continue past some buildings, maintaining the route with the help of the marker posts which will soon lead you to turn right to depart the railway in order to avoid Dunphail Station (now private property). Once in the woods, keep left and continue to look out for the next marker until you reach the Dava Way information board. Section two concludes at the road found on the wooden hall’s far side.

    Getting to the Dava Way: Dava to Dunphail Trailhead

    To get to the Dava Way: Dava to Dunphail from Grantown on Spey head northeast toward Birchview Terrace then turn left on Birchview Terrace. Next, turn right onto Seafield Ave before turning left onto The Square/A939 to on A929 for 12.2 km. Make a slight right onto A940 and continue 0.3 km then exit right to park on a grassy section off the A940, just opposite a track and south of the Moray county boundary sign.

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      One Way

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