• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: September 14, 2017
  • Updated: September 15, 2017
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Route type: Long Distance
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance 17 km
  • Duration 4 h 7 min
  • AVG speed 4 km/h
  • Min altitude 61 m
  • Peak 212 m
  • Climb 400 m
  • Descent 435 m

An interesting walk, of around 10 miles through the farming countryside around Ceres and surrounding area, on good tracks with some small stretches of road walking.

Your walk starts from the Car park next to the farm museum. Cross over the cobbled bridge turning left past the old farm machinery display and right onto Castlegate. Carry on along Castlegate until you reach Anstruter road carefully cross over then turn into Schoolhill. Follow Schoolhill until the end, and a path to the right leads you through a gate onto the edge of a field.

Follow along the edge of the field, careful to avoid coming into contact with the electrified fence on your left. Go though a large gate on to a track that leads gently up through a copse to the edge of another copse.

Note: when I followed this stretch of the walk on the outward journey this track was free of cattle. However on the way back, It wasn't. There is a alternative route around the first copse, to reach the same point. So please be mindful of this possible hazard.

Upon reaching the copse turn northwards to follow the fields' edge to reach the Ceres Burn follow it eastward to a bridge then follow the track to the B940 road. Crossing carefully over to turn left then right onto the track to Kinninmount Farm and Hill. Carry on along the track through the farm gradually up to Kinninmount Hill.

There is an ideal stopping spot at the memorial to John Lambert Stewart and his wife Norah. The views back towards Ceres and the Lomonds are worth taking the time to appreciate, (weather permitting).

Once rested carry on along the track until you reach a quiet (it was on the day I walked here), narrow road follow along it until you reach Windmill Lodge cottage. A path turns left which leads you up onto Drumcarrow Craig.

There are a few rough trails leading up and over the hill, pick one to take you to the Trig Point, and over onto the defined track down from the Hill. While enjoying the views of the countryside all around, westward to the Lomonds & eastwards to St Andrews.

Follow the track through a couple of gates to the same narrow road you followed to reach the other side of the hill. Turn right along the road for around 50 metres to a gate on the South side of the road, which will have to be negotiated as the makeshift style that normally allows access to the field was broken/missing.

Follow the edge of this field marked on the fencepost by arrows leading you to a style at the end of the field, onto the minor road. Turn right to follow the road to the entrance to Wilkieston Farm. (Please take care on this small stretch of road). Remember to walk towards the oncoming traffic. If you can see them coming, then they can see you coming, and both can act appropriately.

In around 50 metres turn right onto Wilkieston Farm track and follow it until you reach Wilkieston Burn. Carefully cross over the burn, and continue on the farm track for around 1.5 kilometres to reach the B940. Turn right carefully along the road until you reach a track to the left at the bend in the road. Here can be seen the memorial to pioneering Italian balloonist Vincenzo Lunadri, who flew 46 miles over the Forth to land in nearby fields.

This is the last stretch taking you past the two copse's you passed by on the outbound section, continue on to retrace your steps back to Ceres.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Mick Fife.

View route on OS Maps -
https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1528502/Ceres-Countryside-Circular-Walk-Fife

1. Ceres

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Ceres is a lovely unspoiled and attractive village to wander around, especially on a nice day like the day that I walked here. It is a joy to wander around the quiet narrow streets discovering the delightful sights that the village has to offer. Such as Griselda Hill Pottery, the Fife Folk Museum, the Bannockburn Memorial and "The Provost" clutching his Pint Pot. Every turn of a corner offers insights into the history of this ancient Fife village. One of the few Scottish towns to have a village green (the Bow Butts). Upon where are held Scotland's oldest "Highland Games", dating back to 1314 prior to the Battle of Bannockburn.
Shops, Pubs, Toilets, Tea Rooms, Outdoor seating areas.

An excellent printable Ceres Village Heritage Trail with map and points of interest can be found at www.ceresinn.co.uk/villagetrail.pdf, for those who would like to take time and explore Ceres further. For the Geocachers there are 5 caches easily accessible on the route and 6 more in and around Ceres with another 5 caches in nearby Craighall Den.

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