• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: July 12, 2018
  • Updated: July 13, 2018
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Route type: Long Distance
Difficulty grade: Grade 2

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  • Distance 12 km
  • Duration 3 h 5 min
  • AVG speed 4 km/h
  • Min altitude 51 m
  • Peak 141 m
  • Climb 162 m
  • Descent 162 m

Dunfermline is packed full of urban walking routes waiting to be explored.

This circular route begins and ends in Touch but can be started anywhere in the town.

The starting point is the car park next to the Touch Community Centre. A good meeting point for our little group of locals.

Leaving the car park head out onto the main road and walk towards the industrial park and past the primary school. When you reach the junction cross over the road and walk towards the busy crossroads on Halbeath Road. Cross over to the opposite side and take the pathway on the left (next to Vet) that leads up the hill under the railway bridge. A short distance up the hill to the left you will see a pathway leading West towards the town. This used to be the route of a old railway line but has been turned into a pathway and is very easy to walk.

The pathway will take you into Dunfermline and is approximately 2.75km in length. It passes by the old Cemetery and the rear of East End Football Stadium before exciting onto Leys Park Road. Follow this road for a short distance out onto Townhill Road, turn right and walk up the hilly road to the top and follow the signs for Townhill.

Follow the road and just before you reach the village take the turning for Townhill Loch Country Park. The park is a welcome place to stop and rest before carrying on with the walk. There is are toilets available in the centre. The route then heads along the bank of the loch towards the West and out of the park into the Wellwood area of Dunfermline.

Walk through the housing estate until you meet the main road that heads South towards the town centre. Follow this road right down into the town centre and the High Street. When on the High Street turn right and follow the street down to Pittencreiff Park - “The Glen”. There are plenty of shops and cafes (with toilets) along this stretch should you need to stop.

Enter the park and walk down the main thoroughfare towards the statue of Andrew Carnegie. Pass by the statue and down to another main pathway through the park. Turn left and follow the path as it works its way down the hill. There is a nice cafe in the park and there are also toilet facilities available.

The route takes you to the lower gate of the park and out on to Forth Street. Walk a short distance up to the crossroads and turn left up Moodie Street. The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum is located in the bend in this road and is a good stop off. Follow Priory Lane until it bends and heads up hill. Instead of heading up the hill cross over the road and walk along Comely Park and enter the Public Park.

Head under the road bridge towards the bandstand and follow the follow the path down the hill until it exits on to Woodmill Terrace (next to the Royal Mail Depot). Turn left and follow the road to the East and back towards Touch and your starting point.

This route is approximately 12.5km long and suitable for most able-bodied walkers. There are plenty of place to stop and rest and is perfect for a summers evening.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

Route spread with Walk Fife by Claire & Denise.

View route on OS Maps -
https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/2286157/Dunfermline-Wandering-Loop-Walk-Fife

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