• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: November 9, 2017
  • Updated: November 10, 2017
Route type: Long Distance
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance Instructions
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  • Distance 16 km
  • Duration 4 h 2 min
  • AVG speed 4 km/h
  • Min altitude 28 m
  • Peak 93 m
  • Climb 183 m
  • Descent 183 m

A fairly flat 10 mile walk from Vallyfield Wood, along part of the Alloa to Dunfermline cycle path. Into Devilla Forest, returning along the back of Culross to the start point.

The Walk starts from the car park in Vallyfield Wood, which is signposted as Vallyfield Woodland Park. Next to Shiresmill Riding Centre.

(There are a few quite muddy stretches on this walk, at certain times of the year, especially after periods of heavy rainfall. So please wear appropriate clothing & footwear.)

From the car park head northwards on the path signposted Blairhall where it crosses a minor road. Follow this path along the edge of a field turning right then left into the woods. Continue on this path until you turn sharply right, on the path that will eventually lead you on to the Cycle path. Turn left to follow it over the Comrie Dean Viaduct. Follow along the cycle path until you reach a crossing point that leads south into De villa Forest. Take this path as it turns right on to, at times muddy track into the forest.

Continue on this path as it turns gently downward left for about one kilometre, until you reach a five way intersection. Take the first path on the left, on again to a left turn track 300 metres further on. Follow this track for around one kilometre to a fork in the path, taking the right hand one for about 600 metres. Where a left turn takes you on a path to the metalled road that leads left to the A985 Kincardine to Rosyth road.

This is a very busy road, so please take care when crossing over it.

Carry on straight ahead over the road to the edge of the wood, before turning left on to the muddy “Coffin Road” path that skirts the edge of the wood eventually taking you past a number of Heritage information signposts, highlighting out some of the historical points of interest along this stretch of the walk. You will soon reach the graveyard and remains of West Kirk, the Kirk is the older church use by the Villagers until it was replaced by the Abbey Parish Church. The Kirks location has been used as the Black Kirk in the popular Outlander TV series.

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

Carry on past the Kirk until the path meets a minor road, follow the road carefully, especially on the bend at the high hedge, to a T junction. Turn left onto the minor road for a small stretch then turn first right onto another minor road, carrying straight ahead at the roads left turn, to follow a path to another small stretch of road walking taking you left then right into Daly Gardens and straight on to Woodhead Farm Rd to a path running alongside a small housing development. The path turns left down hill through a brightly painted underpass, all the way back the final odd kilometre to the starting point car park.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Mick Fife.

View route on OS Maps -
https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1645351/Shiresmill-Devilla-Circular-Walk-Fife

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