• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: April 13, 2018
Route type: Mid-distance Walk
Difficulty grade: Grade 2

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 7.39 km
  • Duration 1 h 51 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 0 m
  • Peak 35 m
  • Climb 134 m
  • Descent 133 m

The Firth of Forth marks the Southern edge of the Kingdom of Fife.

There are many vantage points from which to view this mighty river but this one is rather special.

The Forth Road Bridge was closed to mainstream traffic last year. Only buses are allowed to cross the bridge now and it has become a semi-peaceful haven for walkers, runners and cyclists especially at the weekends.

This route begins in the coastal car park next to the Forth Bridge (rail) in North Queensferry. The car park does close at night so make sure if you are using this as your start point that you keep that fact in mind.

Leaving the car park walk down to the shore and make your way inland to the main road that runs through the village. Turn right and follow the road up the hill towards the road bridge. As you reach the road bridge you will see set heading up to the bridge surface.

Head up the steps and you will find yourself on the Eastern side of the bridge. The walk across the bridge is easy going but remember to watch out for cyclists as you cross. The views to the East from the bridge are superb with the rail bridge taking prime position.

It doesn’t take long to walk over to the Southern side of the bridge and when you reach it you will see some steps heading down. These lead you to a underpass that takes you to the West facing side of the bridge allowing you to head back to the Northern side of the river.

The views to the West are again equally stunning with the New Queensferry Crossing taking prime position with the distant hill ranges making a dramatic backdrop. This side of the bridge always seems to be quieter than the East which makes for a more relaxed pace.

When you arrive at the Northern side you will again see steps on the left which lead you back down on to the main road leading back into North Queensferry and your starting point.

The is a Grade 2 route simply because of the steps involved but I would suggest that many people would enjoy and be able to walk this route if prepared for them.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Mark Collins.

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1. Rankins Cafe

Altitude: 0 m
Address: 4 Main St, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing KY11 1JG

Rankins Cafe is ideally placed as somewhere to stop off and enjoy a well deserved cuppa after walking over the bridge. They serve nice snacks and meals as well and at a reasonable price.

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