Walks 1: April 2018

1 April 2018

On Sunday 1st April (Easter Sunday) Joan led members and guests on the ‘Collessie – Lindores Loch’ circular walk. It was a fine, dry day with intermittent sunshine and light winds when the group set off from Collessie taking the path through Collessie Den towards Braeside. The going was a bit muddy on account of all the rain we have had recently but once clear of the Den, walking was easier as the group followed single track minor roads by Woodmill and on to Black Loch where they took a short break for coffee. The walk then continued past Berryhill Farm to circle round the north end of Lindores Loch and down the east side before taking to the woods that border the main road. The route then headed away from the loch to climb a small hill which, on reaching the summit, provided glorious views over the loch and surrounding countryside. This was too good a site to be hurried so the group stopped for a while to enjoy a picnic lunch in the peace and quiet of their surroundings. When the walk was resumed it was in muddy underfoot conditions following paths through fields before arriving back at Collessie Den and a return to the cars. 

14 April 2018

On Saturday 14th April Alice led members and friends on the walk ‘Pattiesmuir & Pitreavie Circular’. A warm sun and patches of blue sky amid clouds accompanied the party much of the day. For a change, there was little or no wind and it was so good at last this year to be able to walk in shirt sleeves and appreciate the mild temperatures. Starting from Primrose Lane Medical Centre in Rosyth, walkers were soon down the road and away from houses and on to countryside tracks and footpaths. Passing by Pattiesmuir and then Douglasbank Cemetery, with its distinctive cross at the focus of the military section, a welcome stop for coffee was made in Bellknowes Wood. Mist obscured distant views but going by Wester Gellet it was just possible to make out the masts on Knock Hill. On a short stretch of footpath along the Limekilns road it was a delight to pass a grassy bank with a great spread of yellow celandine fully open in the sunshine. Everything is late this year and that seemed a happy sign that spring is here. Turning off the road the party passed by Hill House and the remains of its windmill, both listed buildings. The house was built in the eighteenth century and letter work atop the stonework over the original entrance copies that on the tower of Dunfermline Abbey. The Latin words were an irresistible opportunity for some members to try out half remembered vocabulary from school days. The high ground here gives good views of the spires and towers of Dunfermline and the ochre coloured Pitreavie House stood out bright against the still bare trees of the Glen. Continuing on by Grange Farm the view opens up in the opposite direction to the three bridges over the Forth. Reaching the busy Dunfermline to Rosyth dual carriageway the welcome sight was the myriads of daffodils in full flower stretching into the distance along the central reservation. Safely across the road at a pedestrian crossing, walkers were pleased that traffic noise was deadened by a tall hedge as they made their way along to Pitreavie Golf Course. A tarmac footpath flanks its northern edge and from this there is access to a wooded area. Here, sawn tree trunks provided excellent seating for lunch with a good view of passing golfers enjoying the spring sunshine. Lunch over, the party was able to walk along the edge of the golf course and then a quiet stretch of suburban road towards Pitreavie Castle, The sister of Robert the Bruce once lived here but that was long before the present building was put up and which, in the twentieth century, was taken over and used for various purposes by the Ministry of Defence. Now it is private apartments. Near here a substantial cairn commemorates the death of Sir Hector MacLean of Duart and more than 700 Highlanders at the hands of Cromwell’s forces at the Battle of Inverkeithing in 1651. Walkers were fascinated to read the information board and discover that this battle was crucial for Cromwell gaining control in Scotland. The group then took a tree lined route, partly along a footpath, to reach the busy main road again at a pedestrian crossing. Once over, it was down a quiet footpath and along a field edge to a short path into new housing to return to the cars at the walk start. On the way back to Kirkcaldy an enjoyable refreshment break was made by most of the party at Dobbies at Dalgety Bay.