The advantage of a circular walk is that you start and finish at the same point, so no need to retrace your steps or arrange transport to get back to the start.
This walk is a coastal and woodland route that starts and finishes at Ballast Bank, Preston Crescent, Inverkeithing. If you would prefer a shorter walk, then there are options to miss parts out. If using public transport you can easily start from Inverkeithing High Street.
Distance: 8 miles / 12.5 km
Ascent: 740 feet/ 225 m
Terrain: Very mixed. Some of the unsurfaced paths may be muddy (especially in Fordell). Hard surface walking also required
Start / finish: Ballast Bank, Inverkeithing, grid ref NT 134 824
Facilities: free parking, station and buses nearby, refreshments in Inverkeithing
Other walks in the area:
Start from Ballast Bank on Preston Crescent, Inverkeithing and walk to Dalgety Bay via the coastal path which is well signposted on a surfaced and lit path. Follow the coastal path through Dalgety Bay. There are many woodland sections along this stretch of the coastal path as well as road sections. The area around the sailing club is good for wading birds in the winter months.
When you reach St Bridgets Kirk at the east end of Dalgety Bay, turn inland and follow the road up to the Cornerstone Church.
After the church turn left towards the edge of the town. Cross the road and walk through the new houses to the industrial estate. Turn right on to Central Way to reach the main road. Use the side road to your left for a short section until you are more or less opposite an entrance on the other side of the main road. With extreme caution, cross the main road (which is fast and busy) to reach the entrance / track. After South Lodge Stables Farm follow the track round to the left to reach numerous fields with grazing horses. Follow the track until you enter Fordell Woods. Ignore the first turning on your left which is the route of the old mine railway. At a Y junction take the left fork branching off the track towards the back gate of Fordell Castle. This area can be very muddy after prolonged or heavy rain.
Before reaching the gate turn left onto a path which takes you south through the woods parallel to the Fordell Burn. Keep to the higher path, ignoring the lower paths to your right that go down to the burn. You will exit the woods into fields close to Hillend Cemetery. Follow the rough path around the edge of the field towards two old pine trees where you meet a farm track. Turn right on to the track and follow it over a railway bridge and out to the main road. Turn right towards Dalgety Bay station,
At the station cross over the roads (there’s pedestrian crossings) and walk towards Inverkeithing on the south side of the main road. Turn left up a set of steps into Letham Hill Woods. The path zig zags up the hill. Follow the obvious path along the hilltop through woodland until it opens out with a good view of the Forth Railway Bridge. Do not go down to the coastal path but stay up high, turn right and follow the path round the edge of Prestonhill Quarry (stay to the outside of the fence). The path will lead you down the hill and bring you out next to some garages a short distance from your start point.
If you want to shorten this walk, you can miss out Fordell by walking along Ridge Way through Donibristle Industrial Estate. It is also possible to miss out Letham Hill Woods by using the pavement/cycle track along the main road as far as Hillend Road (where the school is) and then walking back via the road to Ballast Bank.
Both Fordell and Letham Hill can be muddy at times.
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