My walking challenge this week saw me walking along a short section of the John Muir Way.
This 134 mile long route connects the East and West coasts of Scotland passing through the heart of the country.
The John Muir Way is not one that passes through the Kingdom of Fife but a section of it can be found a short distance South of the Firth of Forth.
I hadn’t intended on walking the trail this week but I found myself at a loose end one day after a tough few days at work and I decided to head out for a walk.
I initially thought that I would walk just over the Forth Road Bridge and back to gain some miles and get some fresh air despite the heavy rain which was lashing it down making me appreciate my waterproofs more with every step.
When I reached the South side of the bridge I thought I would stroll down into South Queensferry and have a wander along the front. The town was full of soggy tourists so I quickly carried on through the town and out onto the coastal path heading East.
I soon found myself alone. The waves were crashing on the shore and the rain was tapping the leaves of the canopy above me and I was feeling pretty relaxed.
Every hundred metres or so I headed down onto the beach to enjoy the views North towards Fife. Shortly I noticed a way marker for the John Muir Way and I realised that through my wandering I had found myself onto this iconic pathway.
This is a route I have often heard about from other walkers and I think that perhaps it really wasn’t one I would walk (I love the mountains too much sometimes). I eventually reached the village of Cramond and sat down at the shoreline and unpacked my lunch.
As I sat and munched through my sandwiches, I pulled out my iPhone and googled the route to see what else it had in store for the walker exploring its 134 miles and I was amazed that I hadn’t looked it up earlier. If the rest of the trail is as enjoyable as what I walked then I am going to add it to my ever growing “must walk” list.
You can find out more about the route by visiting it’s website at http://johnmuirway.org/
Week 33 lessons
This week I realised that there so many walking routes in Scotland that I have still to discover and I am going to take steps to try and tackle each of them over the coming years.
Week 34 is going to be slower in pace as I plan for a walking adventure in week 35.
If you have any questions about this challenge or anything Walk Fife related, then please drop me a email at firstname.lastname@example.org or direct message me through my twitter account @SDMakin.
Catch up with you again next week.