• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: March 23, 2018
Route type: Long Distance
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 16.31 km
  • Duration 4 h 6 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 112 m
  • Peak 285 m
  • Climb 295 m
  • Descent 295 m

This 16km walking includes a healthy mix of road walking, hills and beautiful woodland and it begins in the town of Kelty.

The Watergate Loop is our third walking route that our little walking club has shared with Walk Fife and we hope you will enjoy it.

This walking route involves a lot of road walking. While the roads are fairly quite in terms of traffic, it must be noted that you should wear bright clothing or a safety vest in order to make you as visible as possible as there are areas where you may not be seen clearly by motorists.

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 route begins in the car park just of Keltyhill Road and heads through the small park and out onto Main Street where you will turn left. Follow Main Street as it passes through Kelty, Keltybridge and on towards the little known hamlet of Maryburgh. Pass through the hamlet and follow the road for a further 1km. This section of road can be busy during the weekend so be careful. At Lochran Farm turn left on to a minor road. At first you may think you are entering the fair but it is in fact a road.

This road takes you over the motorway and leads you into the farmland. The scenery is beautiful in the spring and summer months. Follow the road for approximately 1.5km until it meets the B9097. Turn left and follow the road to Watergate Farm & hamlet. Pass through the settlement, veer left and look for the turning left that is signposted for Townhill and Dunfermline.

Follow the road as it winds it’s way up the hill carry on up the hill and at OS Grid NT1028 9502 turn left into Blairadam Forest. There are numerous paths to follow within the forest and we took a slightly winding wander through it to walk some of trails we hadn’t walked before. The forest is stunning in the warmer weather but do bring bug repellent with you as some areas are a haven for midges and flies. This stretch is really popular with cyclists and runners so take care.

After passes through the forest you will head out towards Kelly passing under the M90 motorway and out onto Main Street. Turn right and follow the road until you see Church Row on the right where you turn right and back into the small park and after a short distance you will find your original starting point.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Art, Rob, Janice, Gwen and Cathy.

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