A short circular walk to Hill of Tarvit from the village of Ceres. As well as taking in the summit of Tarvit Hill, the Hill of Tarvit Mansion can be visited on this walk. The return to Ceres is via the old Waterless Road, now incorporated into the Fife Pilgrim Way.
Distance: 7.5 km / 4.6 miles
Ascent: 200 m / 650 feet
Terrain: unsurfaced paths / tracks (muddy in places), short road sections
Start / finish: Ceres
Facilities: Refreshments in Ceres and at Hill of Tarvit (seasonal), toilets in Ceres and Hill of Tarvit, free parking in Ceres, bus service to Ceres
Start the walk from the car park next to the Ceres Folk Museum where there is ample free parking. Cross the stone bridge and follow the lane up to the main road. Cross the road and keep straight on past the shop, cafe, pottery and hotel. Approximately 1 km from the start of the road, after passing a sign for House of Tarvit, the round bends round to the right. Leave the road at this point on the Moor Road following a green signpost “Footpath to Cupar”.
After 350 m follow a purple core path arrow left on to an unsurfaced path leading to Whitehill. There are a couple of openable gates on the path before you reach the farm and associated buildings. Keep the farm to your right and follow the track round to the left. Once past the farm, leave the road by going through a metal gate on your right into a field. Follow the field edge (there is no path here so keep to the edge) to a gate on the far side of the field. Go through this gate into a grassy field. Head up hill to reach another gate on the far side leading into a further grassy field.
From here, keep right initially going uphill, then keep to the high ground until you reach the obvious summit. Here there is a monument (possibily a memorial to Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee – ref HES Canmore database), viewpoint indicators and an Ordnance Survey trig point. The summit is a particularly good viewpoint with 360 degree views over the farm lands of north east Fife.
Leave the summit in a south east direction down a steep grassy slope. When you reach the edge of the grass field there is a wooden bridge/stile into the trees. A woodland path now takes you to the Hill of Tarvit Mansion. You may wish to explore the gardens (open all year) or the NTS mansion (open in Summer) before proceeding with the next section of the walk.
From the car park follow the road to the left which is signed for holiday cottages. You will pass the restored 1920’s Hickory Golf Course. The road turns to the right and exits the estate at the “tradesman’s entrance”.
A signpost for a path back to Ceres can be followed if you wish a shorter route back to the start point but it is worth heading out to the road for the full route.
Turn right on the public road for 250m until you reach a purple arrow core path marker on your left. Follow this farm track for about 500m crossing a burn on a small hump back footbridge. If you have a dog with you, a cattle grid on the road may be an issue. When you reach a street lit road turn to your left. If doing this walk in reverse you need to follow a sign for “Shillinghill” at this point. This short section of road /track leads to “The Old Mill” at which point a small yellow signpost directs you on to an unsurfaced section of path leading to the main B939 road.
Take care crossing over the road and follow the surfaced farm road on the opposite side for Denhead. Keep the farm to your right and follow the track around the outside until you reach the track on the other side of the farm. Turn left on to this unsurfaced track which is the Waterless Road and now part of the Fife Pilgrim Way route. After heavy rain the track / path can be quite muddy for the first 1 km until you reach the outskirts of Ceres. The surface improves for the final section back to the car park.
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