Valleyfield Woodlands and East Culross

Two options for a circular route taking in the Valleyfield Woods, Preston Island and outskirts of Culross with the opportunity to visit Culross Abbey.

Shorter option

Distance: 4.5 miles / 7.2 km

Ascent: 350 feet / 105 m

Longer option

Distance: 6.3 miles / 10 km

Ascent: 400 feet / 120 m

Start / finish: Culross

Other walks in the area: 

There are a number of starting points for this walk. The route as described starts from the Culross East car park at NS 990 859 but other car parks are located at Newmills and Valleyfield  and could also be used.

From Culross East car park, follow the Fife Coastal Path route eastwards alongside the railway line which you will cross at a level crossing. Although this is a quiet line it is used by freight trains so take care.

4.5 mile option

At the path junction keep left away from the coast line but still on the Fife Coastal Path route. Follow the path through the woods until you spot an overhead footbridge. Turn right just before the footbridge to take the path going over the bridge into a car park.

6.3 mile option

At the path junction, take the right hand path staying close to the shore line to circle around the reclaimed land of Preston Island now the site of ash lagoons for the Longannet Power Station (closed). There are views across the Forth. As the path goes inland you will reach an information point at the site of 19th centuary salt pans.The path then continues on to bring you back to the railway line and into woodland. Keep an eye out for a footbridge over the railway and cross over into the car park on the opposite side.

Both options

Follow the path at the east end of the car park which is now on the opposite side of the railway. When this path joins the public road turn right for a short distance to reach the road junction. Take care when crossing the road here on to the north side.

Enter Valleyfield Woods on the path at the information board and follow the path above the river which will take you under the A985 road bridge.The path continues on the other side of the bridge now at river level. Stay on this side of the river until after you reach an obvious junction with a core path sign (purple arrow). Bear right at this junction to stay close to the river and cross over the river at a bridge. The path continue on the opposite side of the river until you reach another junction. Turn left to cross back over the river on a stone bridge. The path now goes up hill slightly and the previous core path rejoins from your left. You will now be into more open ground and can follow the path as it takes you south back to the A985 and under the road via an underpass.

After the underpass stay on the same path until you reach a path on your right hand side leading into a new housing estate. Take this path and walk through the houses to reach the B9037 road. Cross over this road and on the opposite side slightly left you will spot another path.

This next path is a pleasant though slightly uphill walk in a westerly direction with open stretches giving views over the Forth. At the end of the path you will join a quiet road. Follow the road (in the same direction as you were walking) until you reach a junction where you turn left onto another very quiet road.

This road leads downhill into Culross. On your left hand side you will come to the Abbey which is worth a look round. Immediately after the abbey is a small (and could be overgrown) path. This path will take you back to the main road almost opposite the car park.

4.5 mile option without Preston Island

View / download 4.5 mile route on Viewranger.

View / download 4.5 mile route from Ordnance Survey.

6.3 mile option with Preston Island

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View / download 6.3 mile route from Ordnance Survey.

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