Walk: Harry Potter & the Black Rock Gorge

Highland | Evanton | Short walk | ★★★★

[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]

đź“Ś Walk: Harry Potter & the Black Rock Gorge ★★★★
Start / finish at junction of Balconie Street (B817) & Camden Street (street parking nearby), Evanton village centre, G.R.: NH 607662 ///soggy.jogged.rails

▶ 4 km / 2 mi | ▲ 110 m | ⌚ Short walk | Moderate
Features: Black Rock Gorge
Terrain: Wide tracks and paths to the gorge, then narrow path on far side, with boggy middle section. Minor road to return to start.

Route & map

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


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep and rabbits in fields on approach to Evanton.
Weather: Sunny spells, temperatures in low teens.

[Wildlife by the minor road back to Evanton]

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