• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: April 7, 2018
Route type: Long Distance
Difficulty grade: Grade 2

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 10.29 km
  • Duration 2 h 35 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 51 m
  • Peak 71 m
  • Climb 48 m
  • Descent 48 m

The Fife town of Thornton offers some gentle walking routes through the countryside that surrounds it.

This walking route was introduced to our walking group by local resident Bill and is the first time we have walked in the area.

The route begins in the small car park at the playing fields just off Station Road. The town can easily be reached by bus and train.

From the starting point walk across the playing fields towards the exit on to Main Street. Exciting the park cross the road onto Strathore Road. This road will lead you out of the town westwards.

The road is paved for the most of the distance that you will be walking upon but it does eventually give way to a fairly wide grass verge onto which you can step when traffic passes.

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

This stretch of the route is approximately 3km long and the path is fairly flat and even. At this point you will reach a turning right marked on the map as being for Skeddoway Lodge (OS Grid Reference NT 2627 9715).

Take this turning and follow the access road as it weaves it’s ways North and passes Skeddoway farm. Take care when passing the farm as it was quite busy when we walked this route with farm machinery.

The access road gives way and turn into a rough farm track which will lead up to Lochty Burn on the fringes of Glenrothes. After ctrossing over the burn turn right and follow the burn trail as ti heads East. This is a fairly busy pathway being popular with fellow walkers, dog walkers and cyclists and is very pleasant to walk along.

Follow the pathway for approximately 3.75km until it reaches the main road at Lochty Bridge. Turn right and head back into Thornton, turn left at Station Road and then take the turning right back into the playing fields.

This route is just over 10km and we think it should be graded as a Grade 2 route. Ideal for fine weather and small groups.

Route shared with Walk Fife by The Glenrothes Amblers.

View route on OS Maps -

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