• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: September 28, 2017
  • Updated: September 29, 2017
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Route type: Mid-distance Walk
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance 9 km
  • Duration 2 h 8 min
  • AVG speed 4 km/h
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Dunfermline has a rich industrial past which is slowly disappearing underneath modern developments.

The town was once serviced by many railway lines from across the country and many of these old lines are now excellent places to walk and explore.

This walking route follows part of the West Fife Way which is a part of the National Cycle Ways (Route 764). The start point is a small car park located in Leys Park Road.

Leave the car park and follow the track that runs East behind the row of houses. Once past the houses the track opens up to the path. The first leg of the route surface is tarmac and very easy and pleasant to walk. The views across the surrounding fields is nice and there are some nice views along the way.

After approximately 3km you will turn off the path (OS Grid Reference NT 0489 8837) and onto a muddy track which leads you down into the Dean Plantation. This is a Forestry Commission managed site with dozens of pathways running through it making it popular with dog walkers, runners and cyclists alike.

This section of woodland can be very waterlogged after a spell of rainy weather so make sure you are wearing suitable footwear. In the warmer months midges and flies can be a problem so a head net and repellent are a good addition to your daypack.

Follow the track through the wood until it meets the Forestry Commission access road. Turn left onto the road and follow it to the entrance of the woodland. You need to turn right and follow the the road down the hill. This road can be busy during the day so take care. A short distance down the hill you will see a sign post for the path leading to Dunfermline (OS Grid Reference NT 0626 8782) on to which you need to turn.

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 path can again be very muddy but the views towards Dunfermline and the South are worth it. If you look carefully you will see remnants of the industrial past of the area hidden in amongst the fields. The track passing by Knockhouse Farm which can be fairly active so make sure if you have a dog with you that it is kept close at hand.

Shortly after passing the farm you will meet a cross road on the track. Turn right and down to the A994 where you turn left walking towards Dunfermline following the path. The path brings you into the outskirts of Dunfermline and to a cross roads. Turn left up William Street and follow the road up the hill until you reach Leys Park Road and your starting point.

This is great route for stretching the legs after a day working at a desk and offers a good mix of different walking terrains.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Sean Makin.

View route on OS Maps -
https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1557220/Walking-The-Rails-Walk-Fife

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