Walk: Harry Potter & the Black Rock Gorge

[Evanton Wood]

From the road bridge in peaceful Evanton there's no evidence of the dramatic journey that water in the Allt Graad takes further upstream. Two short footbridges in Evanton Wood look inconsequential until you look down... and you can see why this unexpectedly deep - very deep - canyon featured in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. From the canyon, returning by the outward route is quickest, but you can head downstream on the far bank on less well-maintained paths, eventually joining a minor road which descends back to the village. This is one of those places to which photos cannot do justice - you just have to be there.

[Black Rock Gorge]

Name: Walk: Harry Potter & the Black Rock Gorge ★★☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 110 metres
Points of interest: Black Rock Gorge
Start / finish: Street parking in Evanton village centre, G.R.: NH 607662 / soggy jogged rails

Route: Start & Evanton - Evanton Wood - Black Rock Gorge (two bridges only a few dozen metres from each other) - path hugging far side of gorge via pumping station to minor road - start
Terrain: Wide tracks and paths to the gorge, then narrow path on far side, with boggy middle section. Minor road to return to start.
Wildlife today: Sheep and rabbits in fields on approach to Evanton.
Weather today: Sunny spells, temperatures in low teens.

[Wildlife by the minor road back to Evanton]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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