Walks 5 : October 2018


6 October 2018

Liz led a group on the Cupar/ Springfield Circular. Having walked alongside the River Eden
through a tree lined route Cuparmuir was shortly reached.


The group then proceeded towards Elmwood Farm Campus admiring the countryside and autumnal changes in the trees en route. After passing Stratheden Hospital an interesting track led along to Springfield.


Firstly, it wasan ideal coffee stop and the information boards along the way gave an insight into the area's history. On the right, an area formally a farm then a race course, is now the site of the porridge oats factory.Towards the left was the Howe of Fife originally marshland but now a fertile area for crops. In the past there was a grain mill which developed into a linen mill but is now a ruin. It provided employment for the area as did the home weaving industry which saw an increase in the population.


Continuing through Springfield and towards the station the variety in house styles and colourful gardens were admired before a detour to Crawford Priory was taken. Originally built as a lodge in1758 by 21st Earl of Crawford it was later extended greatly by Lady Mary Lindsay Crawford. This was done in gothic style taking on an image of a priory but it had no religious history. It is now a ruin but the solid stonework remaining with it's arches and chimneys indicate what a magnificent building it had been. The stables with their courtyard havebeen partly maintained and are resided in.


Retracing our steps and backon track, a treelined pathway alongside the Elmwood golf course was reached where lunch was consumed. From there the group continued backto the farm and returned to the cars by the route set out on where comments on how different everything looked from the opposite direction were made. To complete the walk a visit to Fisher and Donaldsons was made where refreshments were enjoyed.

The next walk on Saturday 13th Oct. is Ben Vrackie Bealach Circular. For further information, contact Brian Clark on 01592 784553 walk information herehttps://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route/walk-detail.aspx?walkID=3982037

Saturday 20 October 2018

Margaret led members and visitors on a circular walk from Leslie upwards to the south facing slopes of the Lomond Hills. The weather started damp and drizzly but soon turned into a lovely autumn day.

Starting at Glenrothes Town Park the party made their way to the Leslie, passing the ruins of Leslie House then onward to Greenside Leslie. From there we went down Monks Walk and shortly afterwards passing farms with such names as  Balsillie, Little and Meikle Balquhomrie and Balgothrie from where we had lovely views of the summits of east and west Lomond and over the Forth to the Lothians.

After lunch at Hall Reservoir we made our way downhill following the tree line of Strathhenry Avenue, a stretch of which is called The Hazels.

After crossing the busy A911 road, the road heads towards the River Leven where are the remains of old mills, sluices and weirs which are a reminder of the industrial past of this area. Coming full circle, the walk returned to Leslie via Prinlaws then over the Leslie viaduct back to the Glenrothes Town Park. The walk finished with a welcome refreshment at a local café.