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1
Aug
2012
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Fife Coastal Path – Chain walk

Guest blog by Ordnance Survey’s Gwyn Hughes-Jones

This is a great 11 mile walk which takes in the picturesque Fife villages of Elie, St. Monans and Pittenweem.  You can also explore two low tide paths at St Monans and via Ferrata at Kingcraig Point – but make sure you get your tide times right!! You will need to use an OS Explorer Map 371 – St Andrews and East Fife.

Start the walk at the large car park, with toilets, in Lower Largo. Lower Largo is the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s legendary character Robinson Crusoe.

Follow the signs to the right marked the Fife Coastal Path. You can either wander along the beach or follow the footpath along the dunes. After just over 3km look out for a footpath sign which takes you over Cocklemill Burn and follow the Coastal Path signs through the Caravan Park at Shell Bay.  After exiting the Caravan Park follow the path as it hugs the coast for 1km towards Kincraig Point. At this point you can follow the coastal path along the Fife Chain Walk if the tides are in your favour to witness the spectacular displays of columnar basalt and sever sea caves. Check the tide times here.

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16
May
2012
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The Lomond Hills in Fife

Guest blog by Ordnance Survey’s Gwyn Hughes-Jones

This 18km walk takes in the two highest points in Fife, Scotland and uses OS Explorer Map 370.  East and West Lomond provide impressive panoramic views over the Kingdom of Fife, a county which, unlike much of Scotland is surprisingly flat.  Fife is beautiful, constituting mostly of fertile farmland and beautiful coastlines.

The walk starts from the car park at NO224 034 at Holl Reservoir.  From the car park, turn right up the hill to the crossroads at West Balgothrie. Take the right hand turn and follow the track for 2.5km to West Feal Farm. Go through the gate (over the stile) and continue up the track, through the wood, for just over a kilometere until you emerge out onto Bishop Hill. The path heads northwards towards West Lomond which can be seen approx. 4km in the distance. The path is fairly easy going and not too wet underfoot.

After 3km head down slightly into Glen Vale and start the slow zig zag ascent of West Lomond.  This is made slightly easier by contouring round to the left of the hill and joining up with a large path heading to the trig point on top at 522m.

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