First positive steps for new Fife walking festival

Walking Festival at Rossend Castle

Walking Festival at Rossend Castle

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Fife’s first Walking Festival has been hailed a success by organisers.

The event was organised by Craigencalt Rural Community Trust with the aim of promoting the beautiful countryside in and around Kinghorn and to get people out and about enjoying it.

The festival featured a week of walks, from Kinghorn to Aberdour, and it catered for all abilities.

Marilyn Edwards, organiser, told The Press a full week of sunshine made for an excellent Walking Festival: “We were delighted with how many folk registered for walks and everyone said it was lovely to meet new people and experience something different from more usual walks.”

The Festival hosted 16 walks spanning over nine days, varying in length from short, historic interest walks to ten mile walks with great views.

Some absorbed the wonderful coastal vistas and others inland over the Binn Hill giving panoramic views right across Fife. Marilyn said a visit to Glassmount House gardens was a real treat with many plants still flowering after such a beautiful summer and wonderful garden buildings.

She said: “Another treat was a Nordic Walking taster session around the Black Rock at Pettycur Bay led by instructor Judith Frame. Other outings featured bird watching and natural history. The heritage walks for Kinghorn and Burntisland were also very popular.

“On the second Saturday, we had a graveyard tour at Auchtertool Kirk. This followed a route that is maintained by Kirkton Farm for the community and a new section, recently cleared by the Fife Council Access Team along with local volunteers and Community Payback. The group heard all about the old church and graveyard stories before returning to the village for lunch.”

The whole event, which was free, had great support from experienced local walk leaders and it had 80 participants with a footfall of 130 over all the walks.

Marilyn added: “It just shows that a local based Walking Festival, free to all, is attractive and enjoyable to many people.”