Strathpeffer Environment

Strathpeffer Community Collage


The Peffery Way logo showing how the route will follow under the slope of Knockfarrel.


The Friendship Stone     Click to view

The Peffery Way

The Peffery Way Association has been established with the aim of creating a low level foot/cycle path link between Strathpeffer and Dingwall using the disused railway line as much as possible.

Already the Association has done some work on the former railway line using volunteer labour to remove vegetation, scrub trees, etc.

To complete the full route between Strathpeffer and Dingwall it is estimated that the cost will be of the order of £750,000.

Those interested in helping in a practical way, with fund-raising, or donating, should visit the webpage http://pefferywayassociation.scot
or email  info@pefferywayassociation.scot 



In October 2018, as part of Highland Council's archaeology fortnight, members of the public were able to see the mile of pathway already constructed by the Peffery Way Association, with appropriate explanations from the volunteers.


Looking towards the end of the one mile of construction.


As far as it goes by October 2018.

Phase 2 of the 6km project centres on a 5km section and depends on successful grant applications for £150,000 of the estimated £200,000 required for the next section.


An explanation of the work so far.


The way back to Strathpeffer Old Station.


Passing one of the bridges faithfully reconstructed.  [All photos RCHS]





1 January 2019 - as far as it goes.  A bridge awaited.


1 January 2019 - Knockfarrel in background.


The bridge supports awaiting decking.




Looking towards 'the Heights'.


5 January 2019.  The bushes have been burnt and part of the next phase is visible.




Photos above are RCHS.


The replacement as seen on New Year's Day 1 January 2020.


The plaque honouring "Murdo" reveals that this is now named "Murdo's Bridge" (in Gaelic 
Drochaid Mhurchaidh) and the passer-by is urged, in Gaelic and in English, to Walk with the trees and the flowers, the bees and the birds and leave no sign.  Bridge built by volunteers of the Peffery Way Association, May 2019.


At the end of the platform at the Old Station is the start of the Peffery Way (on right) with Knockfarrel in the distance.  [Photo:  Jane Dewar]


Looking across to Achterneed from the Peffery Way.  [Photo:  Jane Dewar]





A New Year's Day walk on 1 January 2020 gave some members of the Wednesday Walking Group an opportunity to admire Murdo's Bridge (some are camera-shy!).


Following the walk, the group returned to the Old Station where there was opportunity to have coffee and Christmas leftovers.


Brenda and Jerry Brown.  An admirable aspect of the Peffery Way is that anyone using a mobility scooter is not disadvantaged.
[Above photos of  1 January 2020:  RCHS]

Then, on 4 January 2020, the Peffery Way Association held their post-New Year walk.  A group of approximately 50 people enjoyed this, although misty weather prevailed.  The group set off from Fodderty Cemetery and joined the track (which a local resident described as "the coffin road") leading to the restored section from Fodderty to Dingwall.


Photograph taken on the return journey showing the bridge on the "coffin road" under which ran the former railway and now the Peffery Way.


Again on the return journey, the track leading to Dingwall going past Knockbain Farm.


A mist-shrouded Knockfarrel in the distance.
[Above photos RCHS]










 

Photo courtesy of Peffery Way Association.
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