• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: June 30, 2018
Route type: Long Distance
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 11.32 km
  • Duration 2 h 52 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 92 m
  • Peak 212 m
  • Climb 192 m
  • Descent 193 m

The village of Carnock sits to the West of Dunfermline and is a walker friendly place.

This circular walking route forms part of our wee exercise group’s regular outings and is our second one that we has shared with Walk Fife.

This 11.5km walk begins and ends in Carnock and takes in the small but wonderfull hill of Craigluscar. It can be quite muddy in places even in the warmer months so be prepared. A bug net and insect repellent are recommended.

As with our other walk this route begins at Carnock and Gowkhall Community Centre which is a ideal meeting point as it has toilets and a small car park. The large proportion of this route that involves walking along the edge of some roads. The majority of the roads described are normally very quiet but please do be careful.

Walk Fife note: Please abide by the Highway Code for walkers - you can learn more by visiting http://www.ramblers.org.uk/advice/safety/highway-code-for-walkers.aspx

Leaving the centre walk down Camps Road to where it meets Main Street where you turn right and walk out of the village following the path. After a short distance you will see the junction on the left leading down to Gowkhall. You need to cross the road at this point. Take care as this is fast and busy road.

Walk past the village and take the first road on the right. This minor road is very quite and the views over the countryside are nice. Follow this road for approximately 2km until you see a turning signposted for Craigluscar Community Woodland (it is also signposted for Craigluscar Fishery). Take this track and follow it past the fishery and very left up towards the hill. Make sure you close the gates behind you along the way.

There is a parking spot on the edge of the woodland should you wish to only walk the hill portion of this route. On entering the woodland you follow the track up the gulley towards the top of the hill where you will take the track to the right and out onto Craigluscar Hill. The views over the Forth Valley are superb and there are plenty of place for stopping for lunch to enjoy the scenery below.

Follow the track as it winds it ways along the ridge and down the hill towards the woodland plantation to the North. The track begins to veer towards the West so continue to follow it as it follows the base of the hill and leads you south.

At OS Grid Reference NT 0537 9078 cut across into the neighbouring field - you have to be steady on your feet as some climbing and jumping is involved here. Walk West along the edge of the field and join the more established track that leads you into Carnock Muir Wood.

The tracks are more defined within the woodland and easy to walk as you head towards the main entrance to the wood towards the SW until it exits on to the road (B913). Turn left and walk along the edge of the road and again take care and take the first turning right on to Bonhard Road.

This road is much quieter in terms of traffic but still take care as the nearby farm can be quite busy during the day. The road will eventually lead you back into Carnock and onto Main Street where you turn left and follow it through the village until you reach Camps Road which will return you to your starting point at the community centre.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Jean Evans.

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