Community effort sees path restored

The overgrown Burnside Path
The overgrown Burnside Path

SOME real community effort has helped upgrade a popular path in Kinghorn.

In just one week the muddy track, which leads from the village out to Kinghorn Loch, has been transformed into a proper surfaced path for local people to walk and enjoy safely.

Part of the finished path

Part of the finished path

The Burnside Path is a popular route for ramblers and dog walkers and is one of a number of core paths in the area adopted by Fife Council.

It has a long history in the village and once linked residents to a candle making factory and later the tannery buildings, as well as a small railway halt. In recent years, although still well-used, virulent plant and weed growth and degradation meant the path was virtually closed off in the summer months, and the base of the path had grown muddy and slippery.

In recent years teams of workers from the Community Payback scheme assisted in cutting back the weeds, but this only helped for short periods, with the undergrowth quickly growing back.

Kinghorn Pathways, a committee of the Craigencalt Rural Community Trust, was asked by walkers from the village if it could help to find a more permanent solution to the problem and, after assessing what needed to be done, the Trust managed to secure a grant from Central Scotland Green Network for materials, which, together with practical help from Rio Tinto Alcan meant the project could go ahead.

Labour for the arduous task of rebuilding the path from scratch came from a dedicated group of volunteers from the Trust who faithfully turned up each day despite rain, snow and wind.

The end result is a good solid path which has been favourably commented upon and well received by many local loch users and people walking their dogs.

The Trust now hopes that a further section of pathway on the opposite side of the Kinghorn Loch road can be created to extend the path down to the sluice at the lochside, avoiding walking along the road.

Marilyn Edwards, a Trust member, said: “Everyone did a tremendous job, despite the elements and we are very pleased with the end result. If we can extend the path down to the sluice then it will make it much safer for all users.”

Hilary Payne, who, along with her husband Simon, helped build the path, said: “It was great fun and there was real community spirit, despite the weather.”