- Created: January 3, 2018
- Updated: January 5, 2018
- Distance Instructions
- Distance 21 km
- Duration 5 h 21 min
- AVG speed 4 km/h
- Min altitude 104 m
- Peak 183 m
- Climb 228 m
- Descent 228 m
A long, (around 13 miles) fairly flat walk using countryside paths and farm tracks around Cameron Reservoir and the countryside surrounding it.
The walk begins at the car park at Craigtoun Park. Which is signposted as Craigtoun Park and the Dukes Golf Club.
From the car park follow the road back out northward until a path leads of to the left into the small wood that skirts around the Dukes Golf Club.
The Path leads you left onto the minor road to the hamlet of Denhead. Carry on through Denhead until you find a path on the left, just after the road junction. This is the start of the path that will lead you eventually to Cameron Reservoir.
Once at the Reservoir you have the choice of a clockwise or an anticlockwise route, your decision. This is a good point from where to retrace your steps back to the start of the walk. If its your intention to just explore the reservoirs wildlife and birds that can be found around here. (A circular walk from the start point around the reservoir and back to Craigtoun, will still give you a decent nine mile walk. Or six and a half miles excluding the reservoir circuit) So there are a few different options for you to consider.
If a longer walk is your goal, carry on around the Reservoir as previously described, and head straight on towards Blackwalls along the fields edges. When you reach Blackwalls the path becomes a bit complicated, although this is a Core Path the owner of the piece of land that the path passes through is in the process of building a house. So please follow the signs, (if any) showing the alternate route to the minor road that needs to be crossed in order to continue on your route. Once the minor road is reached, cross over straight ahead on a track leading you to Griegston House. The path will shortly turn left on a farm track leading to the B940. On reaching the road, cross over turning right then left, a short way ahead. This takes you on the path to Bankhead Moss a small raised bog, which is managed by The Scottish Wildlife Trust.
After a bit of exploring of the Bog, (a wee visit to the Bird Hide will give you more Info), work your way Southwards to a farm track leading left to the hamlet of Peat Inn, where the award winning Peat Inn restaurant is situated. Once Peat Inn is reached take the path out of the hamlet northwards then carefully along the B940 then right onto a minor road. Turn right onto a farm track which will lead you eastward to the ruins of Nether Radernie.
Carry on along the path past the ruins to the corner of a field, at a gate cross over and follow along the edge of the field southward, turning right at the bottom of the field. Before turning left onto the same path used on the outward leg of your journey. From here its back around the opposite side of the Reservoir that you followed earlier. Passing by the St Andrews Angling Club clubhouse, then returning to the same route back to the start of the walk at Craigtoun Park.
Route shared with Mick Fife by Mick Fife.
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1. Peat Inn
Although there are amenities in and around St Andrews and in Craigtoun Park, the majority of this walk is out in the Fife countryside. There is an opportunity to have a bite to eat at the Peat Inn restaurant, bearing in mind it is a five star Michelin Star eatery. It may be pricey, but I'm sure it would be a meal to remember.
There are four Geocaches on or near to this route, there were five, but one has been disabled since I recced this walk.