• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: May 13, 2018
Route type: Long Distance
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance Instructions
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  • Distance 13 km
  • Duration 3 h 17 min
  • AVG speed 4 km/h
  • Min altitude 119 m
  • Peak 353 m
  • Climb 306 m
  • Descent 306 m

The countryside surrounding Saline and Steelend is rich with paths and trails to be explored.

I recently moved to the area with my family and we have been seeking out walks to share with others.

This route begins and ends in the tiny village of Steelend. Before walking this route , please be aware that it does involve walking along the edge of some fairly busy roads, passing by and through working farm yards and making your way through some muddy and overgrown trails.

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

The starting point is the small parking spot next to the playing fields. The village can be reached easily by the local bus service and the bus stop is close to the starting point. Leave the car park and walk down to the main road and head East out of the village following the road. This road is fairly busy so please be careful. Continue on the road for approximately 1km until you see a track turning off the road leading towards Knock Hill (the hill with the radio masts on top of it).

Follow this track up as it winds it way into the countryside and around the base of the hill. The walking is fairly easy although the surface of the track is fairly uneven and muddy. Along the way you will encounter gates so make sure you close these after passing through them. The track will lead you around to the other side of the hill and after 2km you will reach West Lethans Farm steading. At this point you will see the access road heading up the hill. Follow this track up the hilltop the top.

The view from the top on a fine is superb and it is genuinely astonishing how far you can see from a hill that is only 364m high and it is understandable why the radio masts were placed here. After you have finished enjoying the view may your way back down the hill following the track.

When you reach the farm steading turn right and follow the track down to the left where you will meet up with a old railway line (dismantled) which will lead you towards the West and through the farm yard. Please be considerate of the farm and be cautious of any machinery that may be operating as you pass by.

The track will leads you out through the fields and is again fairly easy walking. There is a lot of evidence of the areas industrial past hidden in the landscape and some of it is worth stopping to explore. Continue following the trail for approximately 4km unit you reach the hamlet of Balgonar. At this point turn left and head towards Saline. The roads here are usually quite busy with horse boxes and 4x4’s so be extra alert as you approach bends in the road.

When you start heading down toward Saline look for a turning on the left marked by a white cottage and the old Saline signpost. Follow this track towards Killrenie Farm. When you arrive at the frame you will see that the road forks and you need to veer right to bypass the farm yard.

As the track leads you down hill you will see the ruins of Killrenie Castle a 16th century medieval tower house and again worth stopping by as the view is nice. From the castle ruins, continue on the track down the hill for a further 1km and you will be returned to your starting point.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Clare M.

View route on OS Maps -
https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/2094125/Knock-Hill-From-Steelend-Walk-Fife

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