• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: November 8, 2017
  • Updated: November 17, 2017
Route type: Long Distance
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 12.91 km
  • Duration 3 h 13 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 10 m
  • Peak 89 m
  • Climb 152 m
  • Descent 152 m

Cupar is a good starting point for many enjoyable walking routes through the Fife countryside.

This is my third walking route shared with Walk Fife and this is one my informal walking club of friends and family walked this past summer.

This walking route begins in the town’s free car park. This starting point can be easily reached by bus and the town can be reached by rail as well.

The route is Grade 3 and can be completed in around 3.5 - 4 hours at a leisurely pace including stops along the way. The route involves mainly road walking although there are some parts that are paved. Some of the roads are quite narrow so please take care and be alert at all times especially on the hidden bends.

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

Leave the starting point and head along East Road (A91) and follow it as it leaves the town for approximately 3.5km. At this point you will see a road junction on the opposite side of the road signposted for Kemback (OS Grid Ref. NO 4055 1668). Cross over and follow this road. This section does not have a pathway but it is usually fairly quiet and the grass verges are wide enough to step up onto should you need to avoid on coming traffic. This is where you leave the busy town behind and start to get in to the countryside.

Follow this road for approx 1km until you meet a fork in the road. Veer right (signposted Pitscottie) and follow the road down to the bridge crossing the River Eden. The river was in full flow when we walked the route and very picturesque. After crossing the bridge turn right following the signpost for Kemback. The beginnings of this stretch of road does have a path alongside it making for some easy walking.

Follow the road as it follows the course of the Ceres Burn. The pathway ends as you reach a rocky outcrop names Charlie’s Rock and you will have to walk on the road surface until you reach the tiny village of Pitscottie. When you reach the t-junction turn right and follow Cupar Road (B940). This road will lead you back to Cupar but before heading back to the town and you fancy a break you can stop for a cuppa and a bite to eat at the very nice White Chimneys cafe which sits on the opposite side of the turning.

Leaving the village follow the road and again there are not any paths along this part of the route but the grass verges are wide enough to step up onto should you need to. This road can be quite busy so take care. Follow the road for approx 4km until you reach the small bridge as you enter Cupar. After you cross the bridge turn left into the park and follow the banks of the River Eden to the end of the park where you turn right and head back along to your start point.

This is a very enjoyable walking route in fine weather and a nice one to walk alone or with friends.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Tam C.

View route on OS Maps -

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