• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: August 10, 2017
  • Updated: August 11, 2017
Route type: Long Distance
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 13.66 km
  • Duration 3 h 24 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 0 m
  • Peak 0 m
  • Climb 0 m
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This walking route begins and ends at the Clatto Reservoir and is ideal for groups who like walks with differing terrains.

Our wee walking group recently walked this route and as we all had enjoyed it, we thought we would share it with Walk Fife.

The route begins in the small car park at Clatto Reservoir (OS Grid NO 3657 0782). The reservoir is easy to reach by car and there is enough space for several cars or minibuses to park up.

This 14km Grade 3 walking route can be quite muddy in places and there is also very few places to shelter if it begins to rain so make sure you dress appropriately for the day’s weather conditions. Insect repellent is advisable as there are places where flies can be an annoyance.

Leaving the car park follow the path that heads towards the reservoir. Follow the shore westwards to the end of the reservoir and then walk towards the small copse of trees keeping to the left of it.

Follow the edge of the tree until you reach the road where you turn left and follow it as it winds it’s way through the countryside. There is no pathway along the road but the traffic is normally fairly quiet but make sure you stay to the right side of the road way and keep close to the edge as there are some blind bends along the way.

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

At OS Grid Ref NO 3476 07881 you will turn right and follow the edge of the fields . This section can be very muddy in places and the ground is understandably uneven. Along this section of the route there are some obstacles to cross (e.g. fences, gates etc). When you reach the third field the route evens out and is easier walking as you follow the dirt track made by farm machinery. This final field is home to sheep so be careful not to scare them and if you have a dog keep it close at hand on it’s leash and make sure gates are securely closed after using them.

The rough track takes you along the edge of the field and meets up with and more established track that takes you out to another country road. This segment of the route offers some wonderful vistas over an area of Fife that many don’t get to see so a camera and binoculars are a good addition to your rucksack.

The road winds it way south and passes through the tiny hamlet of Burnturk. Take the second turning right after leaving the Burnturk and follow the farm road until you reach it’s end and it transitions into a dirt track which again can be very muddy in wetter weather. This track leads you through the field and past Downfield Farm and out to the main road. Turn right at junction and fowl the road south for about a third of kilometre before turning left on to a another farm road which leads you towards Clatto Farm. This farm is very busy so take care as you pass by the farm buildings.

Leaving the farm follow the dirt track towards the woods which site to the East of the farm. Upon reaching the woods follow the rough track. This can be pretty uneven and a little challenging to walk so isn’t suitable for all walkers. At approximately OS Grid NO 3684 0717 leave the track and cut through the woods towards OS Grid NO 3695 0724 where you cross a small stream to meet up with a farm track.

You will see the reservoir to your left and if you are feeling adventurous you can can cross the field to return to your start point but it was just too muddy when we visited to do that so we followed the track to the main road where we turn left and followed the road back to the reservoir car park (the road you drove in by).

This is an enjoyable route to walk with friends but make sure you pick a fair weather day before venturing out to avoid the muddy parts. Allow 4 to 4.5 hours to walk.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Anna, Claire, Keri, John, Owen and Archie.

View route on OS Maps - https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1441315/Clatto-Rambling-Circular-Walk-Fife

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