Put your best foot forward for second Walking Festival

One of last year's walks along part of the Fife Coastal Path

One of last year's walks along part of the Fife Coastal Path

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People in and around Fife are being urged to put their best feet forward for the second annual local Walking Festival.

Following on from its big success last year, Craigencalt Rural Community Trust has organised another walking extravaganza next month, and it’s free to all!

The event will run from Saturday, September 5 to Sunday, September 13, and those behind it are hopeful it will again be wonderful weather.

The festival will feature walks in and around Kinghorn, Burntisland, Aberdour, Kirkcaldy and Auchtertool, with coastal walks and inland walks with splendid views and picturesque, interesting places.

The aim behind the event is to promote the beautiful and scenic countryside in and around Kinghorn and to get people out and about enjoying it. All the walks are led by experienced and knowledgeable walk leaders, and the programme offers a lot of variety for participants to choose from, with something to suit all tastes and levels of fitness.

This year will feature some requested walks from last year along with some completely new ones. There are nature walks and historical walks in Kinghorn, Burntisland, Aberdour and Auchtertool, a visit to Glassmount House with its stunning gardens and, for the young or the young at heart, a troll story-telling walk to the troll bridge at Rodanbraes path.

For those who want to increase their fitness there are longer, more challenging walks and some Nordic Walking taster sessions out to the Black Rock at Pettycur and along the coastal path.

Ron Edwards of Craigencalt Rural Community Trust, said: “The whole event had a wonderful buzz last year with people enjoying being out and about, meeting new folk and often experiencing something new. We hope to repeat that and more this year.”

The event is completely free and those interested can find detailed information of the programme on the Trust’s website at Craigencalt Trust where they can register online, or contact Marilyn Edwards on (01592) 891330.

“This is a great opportunity for us to promote the local area and for new folk to discover this beautiful part of Fife,” added Mr Edwards.

“Local traders benefit as refreshments are usually welcome after some good exercise. We ask that people register for walks beforehand to avoid disappointment and to give walk leaders an indication of the numbers to expect.

“Ever the optimist - it may be too much to expect good weather for every walk as the summer has been less predictable than last year but, who knows, an Indian summer may be just around the corner!”

The Walking Festival

The programme consists 16 walks ranging from short rambles to eight mile hikes, all led by experienced walk leaders.

They include historical walks around Aberdour to nature-themed walks taking in the area around Kinghorn Loch.

The festival runs from September 5-13 inclusive, and all walks must be booked in advance by calling 07740999514 or 07742084423.