Distance: 3.5 miles / 5.6 km
Ascent: 330 feet / 100m
Start / finish area: Crossford
Other Dean Plantation walks
A 3.5 mile circular exploration of the Forestry Commission’s Dean Plantation (west Dunfermline). During May, the woods are a sea of bluebells in places.
If you only want to explore the woodlands, you can park at the forest entrance (leave the gate clear) at NT 061 880 and walk in from there. A better option though is to start and finish from the nearby village of Crossford and make a circular walk through the woods.
Starting from the main street, walk up Lundin Road to its junction with Kirkwood Crescent. On your left hand side is a rough track. Take this track and follow it until you reach some farm building to your left. Turn right through a gate and follow a track across the fields that takes you to the woodland.
Turn left onto the obvious path along the edge of the woods. Follow this path to a point at grid ref NT 061 873. At this point the views to your left over the fields have opened out. Turn right on to a narrow path. Continue on this path until you reach a small burn on your left. Keep left at a path junction following the burn which eventually joins are larger river. Cross over the river and turn left on to the path on the opposite side. Walk up river on this path until you join a forest track. Turn right onto this track for about 50m before turning right again onto another path in the trees. This path follows the same river but at a higher level affording views down to the path where you walked previously. Stay on this path keeping to your right to follow the course of the river. The path will bend round to your left to bring you to the forest gate. This final section can be very muddy at times.
Once out of the forest, turn right to walk down Lundin Road (the same road that you walked up earlier) for about 200m until you see a sign post on your left for Dunfermline. Take this path across the fields until it becomes an obvious track that turns firstly right and then left. When you reach Knockhouse Farm, turn right on to the farm’s access road. Follow this road back to Crossford where you turn right and then first left to get back to the main road.
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