Popular walking route in Moray open again after more than a year following temporary fix

© DC ThomsonThere are coastal paths between the likes of Cullen and Portknockie but no footpaths connecting Rothes to Craigellachie.
There are coastal paths between the likes of Cullen and Portknockie but no footpaths connecting Rothes to Craigellachie.

A popular walking and cycling path in Moray has reopened following temporary repairs.

The route between Portknockie and Cullen was shut in September last year following landslips caused by heavy rain that left it undermined.

Yesterday, Moray Council revealed that the route is open once again after charity Sustrans carried out repairs.

A flood risk assessment is due to be carried out between January and March to ascertain all of the work that is required.

It is expected that permanent repairs will be done by June next year. Signs have been put up along the route to advise users of the scenic path that the maintenance already done is only a temporary fix.

Keith and Cullen councillor Donald Gatt said: “This is an immensely popular path used by both the local people of Portknockie and Cullen and visitors alike.

“It has been an item of constant concern to locals in both communities and is regularly brought up at meetings of the respective community councils.

“It is terrible that the path has been shut for so long, partly due to the Moray Councils poor financial situation.

“Council officers and Sustrans have and are working hard to ensure that the path can be used for the benefit and enjoyment of all.”

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