• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: January 26, 2018
Route type: Easy Walking
Difficulty grade: Grade 2

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 9.77 km
  • Duration 2 h 26 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 69 m
  • Peak 132 m
  • Climb 111 m
  • Descent 111 m

An easy to follow six mile walk taking you around the fringes of Glenrothes on the route of the old Markinch to Leslie Rail Line. Continuing on into Riverside Park, and its tracks and paths .

This walk although it is in essence an urban walk, only a small part of it is on the streets of Glenrothes, the majority of the walk is sheltered from the Town by tree-lined paths and walkways. And if you're not familiar with Glenrothes, it has the feel of a country walk.

This walk starts and finishes at the Lomond Centre car park, which is accessed just of the Preston roundabout at the eastern edge of Glenrothes on Woodside Way. The walk is made up of two different three mile stretches. The first part follows the old Markinch to Leslie railway line to the Leslie Viaduct. The second part follows Riverside Parks' tracks and paths, latterly passing alongside the Retail Park on the Queensgate.

Leave the car park and follow the path to the left which is marked by a white line separating walkers on one side and cyclists on the other. Follow on this tarmac path for three miles passing Warout Stadium, the Saltire Centre and the Army Reserve Centre, on the right hand side of the path.

Once carefully across South Parks Rd you will eventually reach Leslie Viaduct, which once led to Leslie Station. To continue on the walk a path leads right just before the Viaduct around Glenwood High School and the housing estate of Macedonia (named after the farm that previously occupied the land), and into Riverside Park.

Follow the path as it leads left towards the River Leven, keeping it on your left all the way through the Park until you reach the concrete Hippos. Once past the Hippos, take the path uphill out of the Park left onto Queensgate keeping the retail outlets on your left.

Follow the pavement on Flemington Rd to the pedestrian crossing onto the A911 Queensway. Crossing over either at the pedestrian crossing or at the Subway Crossing further along the road. Take the path through Auchmuty High School turning left onto the path leading under the A92, back to the start of the walk at the Lomond Centre car park.

Part of this walk can be suitable for wheelchair user's, once the viaduct is reached. By returning on the same route back to the start at the Lomond Centre. This option will also give you a distance of six mile from start to finish.

As Glenrothes is Fife's third largest Town, there is no shortage of amenities. There are a few places to stop for a bite to eat, whether its sitting down with a packed lunch in Riverside Park, or popping into the Lomond Centre for “Lunch at the Lomond”.  And the choice of the many food outlets in the Kingdom Centre, gives you a wide choice of eating options.  There are just the two Geocaches on this route.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Mick Fife.

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