Braefoot Woods between Aberdour and Dalgety Bay are a popular walking and mountain biking area. Added interest to a walk is available in the form of the wartime fortifications that can still be found in the woodlands and along the coast.
The route suggested below is just one possibility as there are a number of different paths in the woods that can be explored. As well as the woodlands, this route also takes in a secluded beach and the ruin of St Bridget’s Kirk.
Distance: 3.5 miles / 5.6 km
Ascent: 410 feet / 125 m
Start / finish: Braefoot, Aberdour
Facilities: small car park at grid ref NT 180 844 on Braefoot Terminal road.
The route starts by using the coastal path westwards towards Dalgety Bay for about 300m. A constructed path goes left, towards the coast and woods. At the end of this path, opposite, is the eastern entrance into Braefoot Woods beside the perimeter fence of the Braefoot terminal. A path (sometimes muddy) goes uphill through the trees and after about 350m reaches a corner of the Braefoot fence. Keep left alongside the fence as the path starts to descend (right goes towards the area of Braefoot Pier). The path is quite steep in places as it makes its way downhill and over a stile. On reaching sea level a small secluded beach is reached. Turning right, a feint path makes its way across the top of the beach to the rocks at the western end. From here the path becomes more obvious as it follows the coastline around the gorse bushes to reach Braefoot Point and the old pier.
A number of paths converge at the pier and the obvious ones all lead to the western entrance of the woods. For the best coastal views there is a feint path close to the western shoreline to reach this point. On leaving the woods the walker has the choice of turning right to return to the start point or turning left to extend the walk to St Bridget’s.
400m along the road to St Bridget’s is a turn off to the sewage works. After this junction it is possible to use rough paths in the woods to the left as an alternative to the tarmac of the road. Either option can be used to reach St Bridget’s. From the kirk, the route goes north, inland, up the hill following the Fife Coastal Path. After 250m it turns right on to the Avenue, which was the entrance/drive to the Donibristle Estate. It is now a straightforward walk along the Avenue back to the start point of the walk. During the spring months there are many daffodils in bloom along this section.
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