- Created: September 28, 2017
- Updated: September 29, 2017
- Distance Instructions
- Distance 14 km
- Duration 3 h 31 min
- AVG speed 4.0 km/h
- Min altitude -6 m
- Peak 32 m
- Climb 254 m
- Descent 274 m
A mixed walk around the Fife coast and countryside.
Taking in the fishing villages and towns of Anstruther, Cellardyke, Pittenweem and Kilrenny. A long but a fairly flat walk of around 9 miles.
Your walk starts the from car park at Anstruther Harbour, and can be followed either east or westwards. I preferred to walk eastwards as the end section of the walk is generally downwards. And offers up plenty of stopping points to enjoy the sights and views of the lovely walk from Pittenweem to Anstruther and their scenic fishing harbours.
Start your walk by following the Fife Coastal Path to Cellardyke, until you reach where the path branches in two at the War Memorial on your left and the Tidal Pool on your right. Take the left path gently upwards until you reach Kilrenny, carefully crossing over the road into the village. Turn left along Main Street then right onto Kirk Wynd passing by Kilrenny Church, on your right, (historically a church has existed here since the mid 13th century). Turn left passing the cottages of Routine Row then right on to Common Rd, until you reach a small park. There are seats and benches here where, weather permitting can make a ideal spot to take a break.
After you feel rested follow the path to the right over the small footbridge by the large wall into Blacklaws Cres, and on to the main road out of Kilrenny. Follow this road, carefully out of Kilrenny for around 500 metres to a right hand bend in the road, at this point a track leads you left on to part of a country walk known locally as The Marches. This track offers great views southward of the towns and villages that you will pass through, with the River Forth behind them. It also gives you views of the unusually flat farmland around you. Unhindered by the usual trees, fences and hedgerows that normally mark and separate the demarcation lines of fields and Farms.
The path eventually brings you out to a lay-by on the B9131 Anstruther to St Andrews Rd. Turn southwards, carefully following the road until you turn into Cauldcots. (Please be aware that once you continue on this route there is one part of the walk further on that may cause some walkers with limited mobility a problem. So please read the description carefully to make a judgement!!)
Carry on along the farm track until you reach a farmhouse and buildings, then follow left along the fields edge until you reach a fenced copse of trees. Turn right following the tree line and fence into the corner of the field through a gap in the fence. Where, well the only word I should use is "Ramshackle" bridge takes you over a Burn into Crawhill Community Woodland. So please take care at this point of the walk!! Follow the path southward through the woods exiting onto a tree lined path, before reaching the track that turns right towards Easter Grangemuir.
Follow the path through the Farm then right along the field edge until you reach the road. Turn right and carefully follow it into Pittenweem crossing over the A917 before turning left into South Loan then right onto High Street, continuing to the West Braes car park.
Here is the ideal spot to sit and rest, take advantage of all the views over the Forth, or down towards Pittenweems' Scenic harbour. Anyone feeling a bit more energetic could walk a little to the west towards St Monans for a photo opportunity of the Windmill that can be seen from here. Or walk down to the now unmaintained Tidal Pool at the waters edge.
To complete your walk, it's a simple case of following the Fife Coastal Path through Pittenweem. And then on into Anstruther , this stretch of the path partly runs alongside a Golf Course so make sure you take particular care for the Gowfers
Route shared with Walk Fife by Mick Fife.
Where to start with a list of attraction in and around Anstruther? Anstruther and Pittenweem are both rich in amenities and attractions, however the countryside part of this walk does not have any to speak of. So on that part of the walk you are quite open to the elements, and short of places to shelter.
However the fishing villages of Anstruther and Pittenweem, and surrounding area are both great places to explore. You can spend hours just wandering around their narrow streets and harbours. Many great sights and smells can draw you around by your nose to great food and to the general harbour areas and their boats. And the views, whatever the weather throws at them, stay lodged in the minds of those who have had the pleasure of visiting the villages. If one days walking in this lovely area of Fife leaves you unsatisfied a good old google trawl (Spot the fishing link there!!), will ensure a return trip will uncover more riches for your visit.
For the Geocachers, their are 14 geocaches on or close to the route. There are another three or four close to the general area, for the dedicated Cachers.