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Caring For Our Local Paths Network


East Harbour area: Forth Ports proposed new fencing (yellow), shown with the current fencing (blue)

Forth Ports all fencing & gates

Forth Ports proposed new fencing: see above photo. It shows proposed new fencing (yellow) and gates (red). Green is the line of a pedestrian access path. Blue line is (approximately) current fencing at the east harbour area. As yet, we don’t have a definite date from Forth Ports for their proposals. We hope the green line route shown on the plan might be developed into a proper new Greenway route at some stage.

Storm damaged paths (August): Fife Coast & Countryside Trust (FCCT) have made what is assumed is a temporary repair to the badly damaged footbridge at the waterfall on the Starley Burn on the Fife Coastal Path. The FCP is closed at Aberdour harbour because the footbridge over the Dour Burn and its surrounds is very badly damaged. Diversion is via the station car park and village centre. The landslide on the Binn is right at the edge of the Binn summit path. Please keep away from the edge as the ground is likely to be unstable. The upper Dells Wood path (or Delves?) was also damaged and volunteers hope to repair this soon. It is passable but not currently buggy friendly.

For current paths issues please click the tab on the right.

Burntisland Paths - a summary: Our town and local area has a variety of different paths:

The Links and Beach Promenade are accessible to almost everyone. The paths there are almost level and paved. In normal circumstances, there are tempting cafes close by in the High Street. The Stagecoach no 7 bus stops by the Links and High Street. Trains on the Fife Circle line stop at our station close to the town centre, though, as yet, there is no disabled access from the north bound platform.

The Fife Coastal Path passes through the town between Aberdour and Kinghorn and it is possible to walk along the shore between Burntisland and Kinghorn at low tide.

The walk out to the Black Rocks along the sand bar is easier from Pettycur. Do watch the tide!

The track from Seaside Cottages at Lochies pier along the top of the seawall may look enticing at high tide but is not advised: It's rough with holes and trip hazards and has no easy exit by the railway tunnel opposite the cemetery where the descent is over boulders and loose railway clinker.

There are woodland paths at the Dells, the Binn (our local hill), and the Heughs "Bluebell" Wood between Aberdour and Burntisland.

A traverse of the Binn summit (632ft) gives fantastic world class views in all directions. Paths are mostly unmade earth and may be slippy in wet weather. The main east and west traverse paths have steep sections and stiles. Take great care crossing any roads!

Access paths for the Binn are:

(1) on the east opposite the Golf Club House off the B923 (Kinghorn Loch road)

(2) on the west opposite the old Grange Distillery ruin off the A909 (Cowdenbeath road).

Both these paths (1) & (2) can be linked up via the surfaced path through the Toll Park.

There are other Binn access paths:

(3) from the east opposite the Grangehill lane, near Craigencalt and Kinghorn Loch

(4) from east via the Rodan Braes path, also near Kinghorn Loch

(5) from the north from the unclassified 'Jaw Banes'/'Standing Stanes' road via the lane opposite Longloch Farm

(6) from the north via the lane to the Binn mast

(7) from the north via an often muddy Right of Way track through fields (Gale Slap) and an old lane by the Binn pond

(8) from the west via a track by Kirsten Bell wood alongside the old Grange quarry off the A909 - this can be reached by steps and a track from the Fife Coastal Path (FCP) beside Colinswell House, via Kilmundy Hill.

There are quiet roads and  old lanes  linking Burntisland with Aberdour, Kinghorn, and Auchtertool and circular walks of various lengths are easily planned. If walking on a road, it's usually best to walk on the side facing the on-coming traffic and be ready to step onto the verge if traffic approaches.

Once the current Coronavirus pandemic is over, why not use the bus or train to facilitate one-way walks? From Dalgety Bay station a walk over wooded Letham Hill leads to the Fife Coastal Path and a pleasant walk back to Burntisland. Or, in the other direction, walks taking in Kirkcaldy, Dysart, West Wemyss, Thornton etc. are all possible.

Check out the local Core Paths maps via the links below to plan your routes - for when the current Covid-19 crisis is over.

Burntisland Bay is part of the Forth Estuary SSSI. Sea birds and waders feed on the sands towards the Black Rocks and around the shore - please try not to disturb them, especially if dog walking.

Paths in and around Burntisland fall into five main types:

1. Pavements and surfaced paths around the town are the responsibility of Fife Council. If you have any issues with these, please contact Fife Council directly. (https://www.fife.gov.uk)

2. Fife Coast and Countryside Trust  (FCCT) maintain the Fife Coastal Path which runs through Burntisland, including along the beach promenade. As a Core Path, this is a route shared between walkers, cyclists etc. so take care and be considerate to other users

3. Core Paths: The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 sets out Statutory Access Rights (and is often referred to as Scotland’s “Right to Roam”). As part of this legislation, local authorities, e.g. Fife Council, had to identify Core Paths in their area. (See the link to Local Core Paths.) Many, but not all, of the Core Paths are also Rights of Way.

Unfortunately, the legislation does not set out any statutory obligations on either landowners or local authorities to maintain these Core Paths. So, as it’s nobody’s responsibility to maintain them, generally nobody does it. Identifying resources and funding to help can also be difficult.

There are other countryside routes which are not Core Paths:

4. Routes which are Rights of Way, where there may or may not be an actual path.

5. Paths which are not Rights of Way, but where the landowner permits access (Permitted Access paths).

Enjoy getting out & active!

Anne Smith

You can contact me about any paths issues using the 'contact us' facility on this website home page.

 

Autumn chestnut FCP Colinswell

Autumn horse chestnut FCP

Local Core Paths interactive map:

http://arcgisweb.fife.gov.uk/LocalViewEXT/Sites/CorePathNetworkEMB/

Core Paths Burntisland and Kinghorn:

http://publications.fifedirect.org.uk/c64_AdoptedCorePathMapsforWebsite-Map__59.pdf

Core Paths Burntisland and Aberdour:

http://publications.fifedirect.org.uk/c64_AdoptedCorePathMapsforWebsite-Map__58.pdf

Rights and responsibilities for path users: https://www.outdooraccess-scotland.scot/

For information on Rights of Way contact ScotWays: https://www.scotways.com/

Fife Coast and Countryside Trust: https://fifecoastandcountrysidetrust.co.uk/

Craigencalt Rural Community Trust (Kinghorn) have a walking group: http://www.craigencalttrust.org.uk/

All you need to know about ticks in the countryside:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/lyme-disease

There are lots of local walking groups of different types. Some groups are just informal groups of pals who meet regularly to walk locally, or further afield. Some groups are more formal clubs that may welcome new members.

Ramblers Scotland has several affiliated local walking groups:

https://www.ramblers.org.uk/scotland.aspx

For new or less fit walkers try: Bums off Seats (sorry!) https://www.activefife.co.uk/bums-off-seats/

Local walks with library group on Monday afternoons: https://www.onfife.com/libraries-archives/walk#

 

Starley Burn footbridge damage on the FCP

Starley Burn footbridge damage

Binn summit path landslide

Binn summit landslide

Dour Burn footbridge closed at Aberdour harbour: FCP diversion

 Burntisland Community Council. 
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