• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: March 29, 2018
  • Updated: April 4, 2018
Route type: Long Distance
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 18.14 km
  • Duration 4 h 35 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 3 m
  • Peak 90 m
  • Climb 212 m
  • Descent 212 m

There are many villages circling the ancient town of Dunfermline.

This enjoyable walk passes through six that lie to the South and West of the town on a 18km circular route.

The starting point for the route is the statue of Andrew Carnegie in Pittencrieff Park - The Glen. We chose to start here as it is a location that is very easy to find and well known by members of our walking group. There are a number of car parks nearby and the town has both regular bus and rail services.

Leaving the statue, head South following one on the main thoroughfares that run through this wonder full public park. You will see the Glen Pavilion on the right hand side where you can find the Peacock Rooms Cafe which has toilet facilities. Head down the hill and exit the park through the park gates, cross over the road and continue walking South on Limekilns Road. This road leads you out of the town into the farmland. The path along side the road is fairly narrow in places but easy to walk.

After approximately 2.5km You will see Leckerstone Farm on the right and immediately left you will see a farm road turning left. Turn left and follow this road past the cottages and take the first turning right into the woodland. This part of the walk can be muddy and uneven so watch your footing. Follow the trail through the woods and out into open ground. The path will lead you down past Douglasbank Cemetery and onto the hamlet of Pattiesmuir.

Next head out to the main road and carefully cross over it. This is a really fast road so be alert. At the other side you will join the Fife Coastal Path which leads you down to the coast and towards the village of Limekilns. As you near the coast you will pass by the ruins of Rosyth Church. This is an interesting place to stop off and explore. Follow the coastal path into Limekilns.

There are plenty of opportunities to stop here for a break and there are a few places you can get a nice cuppa to keep you going and there are toilet facilities available. Head along the promenade towards the next village of Charlestown. The views from the promenade over the Firth of Forth are wonderful. Head into Charlestown and follow West Road through the village and out to the A985. There are no pathways alongside the road leading out of the village so please 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

When you reach the A985 there is a path leading West which you will follow towards the village of Crombie. Pass through the village following the main road and look for a farm road on the right approximately 500m after leaving Crombie. Cross over the main road and over onto the farm road. This road will lead you into the village of Cairneyhill and onto the main street. There are again plenty of places to stop for some refreshments and a toilet break before carrying on. Turn right and follow the main road East. As you approach the edge of the village look for a road tuning left called Hilton Road and is signposted with a Scotways sign.

Follow this road into the farmland. This little road takes you right into the midst of the countryside and again the views are rather nice. Follow the road as it heads West and take care when passing by the farm yard. The road eventually meets up with Lundin Road in the village of Crossford. Turn right and head South to meet Main Street when you need to turn left and follow the road as it leads you back towards Dunfermline. There are a few places to stop in Crossford but not many.

The road leading out of the village offers some nice views over the countryside to the South and towards Dunfermline. As you enter Dunfermline you will see the entrance to Pittencrieff park where you can head back into the park and enjoy an well deserved cuppa from the Peacock Rooms Cafe.

This is an ideal walk for small groups and is fairly easy walking for the majority of the route.

Route shared with Walk Fife by West Fife Wanderers.

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