Kingseat and Townhill Circuit
This 6.7 mile circular walk explores farmland and woodland in the north east of Dunfermline. Most of the walking is on reasonable paths and tracks although the section between Kingseat and Townhill Woodlands can be a bit muddy and wet after heavy rain.
There are options to lengthen the route by including either a circuit of, or ascent of, Hill of Beath.
Distance: 11 km / 6.7 miles
Ascent: 110 m / 380 feet
Terrain: Mostly mix of unsurfaced paths which can be muddy/wet and reasonable surfaced paths. Also some harder surfaces
Start / finish: Kingseat village or Townhill Waterski Centre.
Starting from Kingseat, where there is adequate on street parking, turn into Frew Place which is just to the south of the Halfway Hotel (now closed). At the corner of the street in front of some flats is a gravel path with a purple arrow core path marker. This route to Townhill becomes a grassy path once past the houses of Kingseat and then follows a field edge to reach Muircockhall Farm. There are open views along this stretch south to the Forth bridges and across to Edinburgh.
When you reach the farm go left and follow the track towards the road, turning right at a purple arrow just before you reach the road. This next track follows a field edge to Townhill Woods and can be wet underfoot after heavy rain (see note below). Once it reaches the woods it becomes a dirt path. You can either stay on the path which will take you to the area of an old industrial estate or you can detour off to your left to explore the paths around the Bing before returning back to your original path.
When you reach the main path network in the woods there is a signpost where you turn right following the path called the Pugline on the route of an old mineral railway. Follow this path through the woods, passing a more open area and alongside the back of houses until you reach a road. Cross over the road and pick up the path on the opposite side.
Follow signs for Town Loch keeping on to the surfaced cycle track at a couple of junctions. At the signpost that takes you off the cycle track you can take a detour around the loch. Follow the sign to the lochside and walk around the loch path passing the Waterski Centre on the southern side which houses a good cafe. Return to the point where you left the surfaced cycle track.
The cycle track now takes you away from the loch following the route of an old railway line, passing under two roads, and after about 1km reaches a busy road. Turn right following the cycle track sign for “city centre”. Take care crossing the road at the mini-roundabout and just before the hospital cross over the road into Queen Margaret Fauld. Walk through this development of bungalows until you reach an obvious farm track on your left hand side with a purple arrow marker.
Follow the arrow markers, going straight on at the junction, on this good track. After crossing over a bridge go right at a T junction (with another purple arrow) still on a good track. When you reach the road turn left and after passing the Hideaway Restaurant turn right on to a dead end road which crosses over the motorway.
Turn left after the gate at the end of the road onto another good track. Although this section runs alongside the motorway, the trees to your left provide reasonable screening. After about 750m the track turns left to cross back over the motorway. A further 600m with open views brings you to Cuddyhouse Road just outside Kingseat. Turn left and walk back to the village centre on the pavement.