Walk: Randolph's Leap - foray along the Findhorn
|[A massive rock marks the point where the Rivers Findhorn and Divie converge]|
Danger! Hazardous Cliffs - Risk of Flash Flooding! warns the foreboding sign as you leave the comfort of the visitor centre and excellent café at Logie Steading. Don't worry, the paths are perfectly safe, but the Findhorn is a wild river, make no mistake - as a height marker stone marking the unbelievably high peak of the 1829 Muckle Spate confirms when you pass it beyond the Bridge of Logie. Whether or not your visit coincides with the amazing autumn colours, spate conditions on the rivers or a serene bluebird day, it'd be difficult to pick a bad day for this walk. But who was Randolph?, you're probably asking. He was a 15th century local earl. Embroiled in a battle with the neighboring Comyn family, a number of men jumped across the Findhorn here to escape an ambush. Don't try it...
|[Randolph's Leap (probably!)]|
Name: Walk: Randolph's Leap - foray along the Findhorn ★★★☆☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 60 metres
Points of interest: Logie Steading; Findhorn Gorge & Randolph's Leap
Start / finish: Car park at Logie Steading, G.R.: NJ 007505 / relies fires obviously
Route: Car park & Logie Steading - Bridge of Logie via River Findhorn east bank - cross bridge and continue along road for a few hundred metres - confluence of River Findhorn and Dorback Burn by riverside path - Randolph's Leap - keep left beyond to return to road - return to start by main access drive (or outward route)
Terrain: Clear paths with some rough sections; short stretch of minor road.
Wildlife today: Just a few birds.
Weather today: Chilly and grey (but dry), with a few patches of melting snow.
|[Pools and potholes in the Findhorn gorge]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)