Start time: 9am
Finish time: 12.30-1pm
Meeting location: Dalfaber, Aviemore; more details provided on booking.
Go off-path to discover the incredible hidden and forgotten culture, history and ecology of this special spot in the Cairngorms National Park. This more adventurous guided adventure over 3.5-4 hours will include foraging and brewing our own wild tea.
We’ll explore the woods and hills finding ruins, plants and trees and their folklore, hidden waterfalls, stunning views, creatures great and small, and plenty of untold stories along the way.
We’ll forage for our own wild tea, light a twig stove and brew the tea fresh when we reach the main falls in an old woodland of Scots pines, where you’ll have a bit of time exploring on your own.
This walk is particularly impressive in autumn and winter, as the trees change colour, the views are crisper, and the burns are in spate with more powerful waterfalls. Along the way we’ll discover stories of fairy folk, witches and local characters… and perhaps a Gaelic song or two.
Suitable for all ages, but a good level of fitness is required.
Covid-19 update: This walk is fully outdoors with a small group, and we can socially distance if needed.
Description of walk
The walk starts from Aviemore (location will be shared on booking), and is around 4 miles (7km) long up fairly steep ground. We’ll take informal, narrow woodland footpaths uphill which are uneven underfoot (tree roots, mud, rocks); deer tracks; sometimes leaving the paths; and wider, well-surfaced trails on the return downhill. A good level of fitness is required.
It is not suitable for prams or wheelchairs.
Dogs are allowed but only if others booked onto the same walk are okay with this. If you want to bring a dog please let me know ahead of booking.
What to wear/bring
Please wear strong, sturdy shoes or boots suitable for uneven, steep, rocky, boggy, very wet paths (no trainers!). Gaiters are also a good idea as some of the paths become streams during wet weather, and are also very boggy, with high undergrowth. In cold/icy conditions, microspikes are very useful. Please dress appropriately for the weather! This usually means warm, waterproof clothing; do remember that the weather can change quickly. A sit pad/mat is also a good idea, especially during the colder months, and feel free to bring snacks/food for when we stop, if you wish.
Covid-19: Please bring hand sanitiser, and your own cup if you’d like to try the wild tea.
What I will bring
I will bring a stove, a bag of tricks, and a smile. I will also have a First Aid kit and emergency shelter with me just in case!
Covid-19: I will also bring hand sanitiser.