Fife walking festival hailed a success

Walkers at the Kissing Trees
Walkers at the Kissing Trees

Dozens of people put their best feet forward to take part in the Craigencalt Rural Community Trust’s third annual Walking Festival.

The festival, which took place during September, attracted people from around Fife for an opportunity to take part in a range of walks for all interests and abilities, from gentle strolls on marked pathways to more testing routes and geography.

Sketching on the Coastal Path with Leo du Feu

Sketching on the Coastal Path with Leo du Feu

This year’s programme included some more specialised walks including a guided art walk where participants had the chance to do some wildlife sketching with Burntisland based artist Leo du Feu at points along the Coastal Path from Kinghorn to Kirkcaldy.

There was also an introduction to edible and medicinal plants found in the countryside led by Simone Clark, who has a medicinal herb garden at Craigencalt.

There were Nordic Walking trips to the Black Rock at Aberdour, and walks with storytelling sessions at the Troll Bridge for younger ramblers, all led by seasoned guides.

The longer walks between 10– 15km were especially popular this year, with most of them taking in new places. And even though the weather was wet at times, it did not dull the enthusiasm of the walkers.

The Thursday walk from Kinghorn to Dysart was rain all the way, but still nine out of 14 turned up to go the pace.

“I would say that we maybe had slightly fewer walkers than last year, but more than the first year, and I think that was mainly down to the weather,” said Marilyn Edwards, assistant secretary of the Craigencalt Trust.

“We had two really wet days, and although we do have many reliable people, the rain was bound to put some people off.

“We had lots of fun and there was always plenty of laughter along the way.”

On the final day, the walk ended at the Barn at the Loch Café, where 24 walkers enjoyed a light lunch together to celebrate another successful event.

There will be a chance to view a display of the Walking Festival photos at Burntisland Library until tomorrow (Friday); at Kinghorn Community Centre from November 4–18; Auchtertool Kirk from November 18–20 and The Barn at the Loch Cafe, Kinghorn from November 21 to December 5.

And the walks will continue on the first Wednesday of each month, meeting at the lay-by before the entrance to the Ecology Centre at 10am until noon.