Ancient path is re-opened

walkers on the newly opened Doric Well Path in Kinghorn
walkers on the newly opened Doric Well Path in Kinghorn

>> Doric Well Path,


AN ancient pathway in Kinghorn, used by generations long ago, has re-opened to the public.

The Doric Well Path which had become overgrown and closed off for many years, has been completely overhauled and is now open for walkers.

Kinghorn Pathways, Fife Council access officers and the Community Payback Service have worked together to make the project happen, and people in Kinghorn and visitors can now travel down the ancient pathway that, at one time, led down to an old well which supplied most of the drinking water for the area along the Loch Burn.

Kinghorn has a network of old lanes and walkways that meander between roads, some providing short cuts to the shops, the beach or linking destinations. Kinghorn Pathways, a committee of the Craigencalt Rural Community Trust, decided to make a map of all the pathways within Kinghorn to register them as Rights of Way.

The task was undertaken by Mike Gilbert, chairman of the group, together with Fife Council access officers who carried out a consultation with the local community. Once the popularity of paths was established, those in regular use were put forward for adoption by Scotways as Rights of Way, preserving their existence for future generations.

The Doric Well Path needed considerable attention to open it up once more, and after it was cleared by volunteers, Community Payback took over, putting up new fencing and improving the surface of the path.

Mr Gilbert said: “The community is delighted that the path is now open and it is being well used by all once again.”