• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: June 30, 2017
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Route type: Mid-distance Walk
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance Instructions
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  • Distance 7 km
  • Duration 1 h 49 min
  • AVG speed 4 km/h
  • Min altitude 0 m
  • Peak 0 m
  • Climb 0 m
  • Descent 0 m

The village of Saline offers several routes for the walker.

This circular walking route begins in the village and loops out into the countryside and on to Saline Hill and back.

The starting point for this route is the small village car park. Saline can be reached by the local bus service which is fairly regular. The route is Grade 3 due to the steep sections of the hill and the uneven ground.

Care must be taken when walking this route as there are few pathways and there is often farm machinery and horse boxes making their way around the country lanes. Please wear bright clothing (a hi-vis vest is my preference) walk on the right side of the roads where possible and if taking a dog with you keep it on it’s lead.

Leaving the start point you head out of the village on to the farm access road which you follow along the base of the hill. Follow the road until you reach a t-junction. Shortly after the junction you will see a trail entering the field at the base of the hill. This section is fairly steep and can be very muddy in the wetter months.

Follow the trail up the hill and on to the top of the hill. The top of Saline Hill isn’t marked in any way but you will be able to navigate to it easily. If you want to bag another hill top, You can head over to the nearby Easter Cairn which is the site of an ancient hill fort. There is not much to see on the surface apart from some rocks but you will see evidence of earth works from which you will understand why it was positioned on the hill top. The views from each of the hill tops are well with the walk.

From the top you can retraces your path back down the hill or head South West down the hill through fields toward the small village of Steelend. This route can be marshy in areas so take care.

Heading down the hill you will pick up the trails leading you down to the village and into the wee glen where you will follow the Saline Burn back to Saline and your start point.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Sue Richardson.

View route on OS Maps -
https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1349484/Saline-Hill-Circular-Walk-Fife

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