A short circuit taking in the best of Aberdour. During the rainy season parts of this walk can be very muddy and in late summer some parts can be overgrown. This route brings together a number of shorter walks around Humbie Woods, The Heughs and Hawkcraig Point all of which can be walked on their own or in combination.
Distance: 5 miles / 8 km
Ascent: 660 feet / 200m
Start / finish: Aberdour
Other walks in the area:
Start from Abedour Station and leave the car park using the path at the east end passing Aberdour castle. Turn left onto Hawkcraig Road and turn right on to the main road. Crossover the road at the pedestrian crossing and walk along to the purple shop. Turn left into Murrell Road.
At the end of this road is a farm track. Head up this track for about 1km. You will see Humbie Woods to your right across the fields. After a junction where a path leads off to your left look for a stile at the other side of the field. Walk round the edge of the field (unless there is an obvious path across the field) and use the stile to access the woods.
There are many tracks and paths through these woods and getting lost is easy. The best option until you are familiar with the area is probably to keep the edges. Once across the stile head to your right on paths which may become overgrown during late Summer keeping the edge of the woods on your right hand side. At one point you will cross a wee bridge over a burn. After about 1km you will reach an obvious exit from the woods close to a farm.
If you feel confident finding your way through the woods there are various paths that you can explore. You can lengthen the walk by winding your way around these paths or exiting the woods at the north east corner.
Follow this track out of the woods keeping the farm to your right to bring you to the main road where you turn right. There is no pavement at this point but if you cross over (take extreme care on the corner) you can pick up a bit of a verge on the other side which widens as it rounds the corner. Once round the corner a path on your left leads into The Heughs woodland. This path is reasonably obvious as it leads through the woods in an easterly direction before it turns south and starts going downhill. The final section is quite steep and has steps (known to some of us as Kemal’s steps). On reaching the coastal path turn right and walk back towards Aberdour. This section is very easy walking.
At Silversands continue on past the café and beach and follow the road as it leads around Hawkcraig Point. At the end of the road shallow steps lead up the hillside on your right to take you over the cliffs. Go down the steps on the other side and follow the path that leads round to Aberdour Harbour, keeping the coastline on your left. After the harbour, join the road past Blacksands and turn right up Shore Road which brings you back to the high street.
The map below shows the route as described in red. An alternative route through and around Humbie Woods is shown in blue. Other options are also possible.
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View / download GPX track of this route from Ordnance Survey.
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