Walks 4: September 2018

Saturday 15 September

An early morning of mist soon gave way to pleasant sunshine and some blue sky as members joined Ruth for a linear walk from Bonnybank to Markinch.  Alighting from the bus near the Bonnybank Inn the group took the lane to Baintown and turned into the right of way to Porter’s Brae via Balgriebank, now also part of the Fife Pilgrim Way.  Soon they were enjoying good views of the surrounding countryside and across to Largo Law.  At the top of the hill the route followed a very old path along a strip of mature broad-leaved woodland which until recently had bordered the southern edge of the commercial plantation at Torloisk Wood.  The felling of the conifers here this year meant walkers were treated to unexpectedly good views of Falkland Hill, the Howe of Fife and the Ochils, with the gently-rolling uphill countryside of the Riggin’ in the foreground. 

 

Tracks then took ramblers through Milldeans Wood and Drummy Wood.  Both woods currently present scenes of devastation caused by tree felling but that has opened up lovely views of the farmland of the Rameldry valley.  It was good to see also young plantations beginning to grow well on areas felled some time ago.   

 

 A signpost at crossroads indicates the right of way to Star.  Beyond the wooded area there are good views south over Fife from Largo Law in the east round west to Falkland Hill.  In the hedgerows along this section there was a wonderful show of deep red rosehips and hawthorn berries, quite a number of young pheasants were taking cover and squawked and scattered into the fields of stubble as the party passed by, and a skein of geese chattered as they flew overhead. 

The route then continued through the very different woodland of Star Moss, an ancient wetland environment with gnarled old trees, a lot of moss and ferns, some big toadstools, and a stretch of reed-fringed water making a home for wild ducks. 

The track to Markinch skirts the western end of Star village, then climbs through the fields on Cuinin Hill A final stretch through woods took the party to the track into Markinch by Northhall; then it was round below the church to the finish of the walk at the War Memorial in the main street. 

A cuppa, a bun and a chat at the Carlton Café made a welcome break before members went for buses to return home.    

 

The next walk for the Kirkcaldy Ramblers’ Group is in the Dunkeld Area on Saturday  29 Sptember 2018 starting from Cally Car Park. Further information is available from the walk leader Mike Livesey 07783201492 or 0159250327 and some details are provided on the Kirkcaldy Ramblers webpage.