The route is an excellent introduction to distance walking for younger or inexperienced walkers. The OS map gives lots of helpful advice and it's possible to find out more from a variety of published books before you go and from leaflets found in villages and stopping points on the route itself. It is perfectly possible to divide the route into no more than c.10 mile days and so allow time for breaks, fun stops and diversions, all of which are suitable for younger families. Indeed, a visit to some of the distillery cafes can result in a very pleasant coffee and cake in a warm room served by relaxed (and generous) staff. My son remembered one such visit as the highlight of his trip – a bit of a shock after all the “quality time” we’d spent together
Provided you DON'T set off with a pack loaded for the Alps, you'll find the walking very easy and pleasant, even when you're enjoying the local liquid sunshine - an unfortunately regular occurrence at most times of the year. I suggest keeping your load light by using the local shops and cafes to reduce the food you need to pack. It’s also possible to rinse out clothing in the river or burns and then dry it on the outside of your pack rather than carrying the vast wardrobe that some walkers seem to find necessary. Careful planning ahead of departure will identify sites where you can do a little laundry. The worst examples of weary, footsore walkers I encountered were those who took the opposite approach to the one outlined above. If you wish to have all the comforts of home on a “camping” trip, either go in a caravan or stay in B&Bs – you’ll enjoy it more. If you’re prepared to make do with less, then pack a tent, stove and sleeping bag, leave behind the non-essentials and head out to enjoy your encounter with the many moods of the Spey.
If you plan ahead, think about what you wish to do and undertake a little research about the facilities available along the way, then (provided you are in good health and determined) the Spey is a route that everyone can enjoy.
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