Walk tall and see Fife’s glorious countryside

Marilyn and Ron Edwards have helped organise the first walking festival
Marilyn and Ron Edwards have helped organise the first walking festival

Fifers of all fitness levels are being urged to put their best foot forward and take part in a new walking festival which is taking place next month.

The Walking Festival has been organised by Craigencalt Rural Community Trust to promote the beautiful and scenic countryside in and around Kinghorn and to get people out and about enjoying it.

It takes place from September 6-14 inclusive, with all walks being guided by seasoned walkers.

There is a choice of 16 different walks, covering from Kinghorn to Aberdour, and all abilities are catered for in the varied programme, which also includes taster sessions for Nordic Walking, led by expert Judith Frame who runs classes in Fife.

Paths are mostly hilly and many offer stunning views over the Firth of Forth. There are also coastal walks taking in parts of the Fife Coastal Path. There is also a wealth of industrial heritage, history and remarkable geology to make the walks interesting, together with bird watching opportunities, both inland and on the special conservation sites of the Fife coast.

The walks range from under two miles to almost 10 in length and range from wildlife spotting rambles to visiting places of historic interest.

There are also a few suitable for younger walkers, with one taking in a “Troll” storytelling session specifically aimed at children.

The big advantage is that virtually all the walks are very accessible by public transport for those coming from further afield, with frequent buses and trains, while others are best accessed by car or bicycle.

All walks are free but, because places are limited, participants need to register in advance.

Marilyn Edwards, of the Craigencalt Rural Community Trust, said: “This is our first attempt at this, and everyone who is involved has been very enthusiastic about it, so hopefully it will be a success.”

For more details, or to register to take part, visit www.CraigencaltTrust.org.uk; contact Marilyn or Ron Edwards on (01592) 891330; or you can email info@craigencalttrust.org.uk.

CRCT Walking Festival

The festival includes a number of walks:

There is a guided walk to Glassmount House to visit the picturesque gardens and victorian glass houses

A walk to the historic auchtertool kirk and its graveyard

A Nordic walk to the black rock at Aberdour

Bird watching and a historical walk around Kinghorn Loch