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Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival begins next week

By Alistair Whitfield

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The Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival is celebrating summer with a week of activities which kick off on Wednesday.

Walkers in Moray.
Walkers in Moray.

The festival features a range of walks plus several opportunities to learn more about wildlife as well as local history.

Diane Smith, one of the organisers, said: "In a typical year we would have around 60 events over ten days.

"This June, we're just happy to be holding a mini midsummer event with 20, but there's still a good range of events, with the majority having a popular nature theme – something which was so important for many of us during lockdown.

"There are a number of new events this year including a nature writing course walk with Rebecca Gibson.

"A wildlife writer and photographer based in Burghead, Rebecca's work has been featured in publications including BBC Wildlife and Oceanographic magazines and her greatest passion is British birds.

"Participants will be able to join her on a morning walk and be inspired to write about nature.

A Tawny Owl. Photo: D Puplett.
A Tawny Owl. Photo: D Puplett.

"As everyone knows, planning events just now is challenging, especially when Moray was still in tier 3. So this year, we're asking those who live in Moray to please keep it local and support the festival.

"We hope to celebrate properly with a fuller programme this Autumn with our special Equinox Festival from Thursday, September 16, to the following Wednesday.

"We’re also really pleased to be supporting the WalkMoray Project which promotes more walking for all ages and stages of life in Moray. They are hosting taster walks in Buckie and Keith during the Festival."

The Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival is taking place from Wednesday 16 June to Wednesday 23 June.

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