Walking Scotlands Coast

DAY 10 – LEVEN TO CRAIL

DAY 10

TUESDAY 10TH APRIL, 2007

LEVEN TO CRAIL – 19.4 MILES, 8.0 HOURS

MORRIS AND BILL

TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 141.4 MILES

We decided to travel to Leven by car for this walk as bus times from Edinburgh would have meant a late start to a longish walk. We parked the car in the sea front car park and set off walking in sunshine although it was a bit chilly at first. We walked along the beach past the CaravanPark and golf course parallel to the Fife Coastal Path (FCP) and on into Lower largo where we had to leave the beach due to impassable rocks and walk through the village. East of the village we rejoined the beach walking past man made sculptures made from driftwood and other materials gleaned from the beach before being forced inland using wooden bridges on the FCP to cross a river near Ruddon’s Point. We followed the FCP past the caravan park at ShellBay and up onto the hillside where we enjoyed lovely views of Earlsferry, Elie and the coast northwards. From the edge of the golf course at Earlsferry we walked along the beach and round the point onto the lovely sands of Elie beach to the harbour and on round the point past the lighthouse at Elie Ness. The FCP runs close to the sea at this point and we followed it all the way to St Monans passing the ruins of NewarkCastle (also known as St Monans Castle) and the stone dovecot on route. Walking through the village we passed the harbour and a short distance further the historic windmill. Staying with the FCP along the sea edge it was a short walk to the next fishing village of Pittenweem and its beautiful harbour. A further 20 minute walk along the sea edge took us to Anstruther another lovely fishing village with a pretty harbour. Walking through the adjoining village of Cellardyke  a sign declaring ‘walkers welcome’ outside The Creel bar and restaurant proved to strong an invitation and we enjoyed a couple of pints of ice cold beer served by very pleasant staff. Our last 3.5 miles along the coast following the well marked FCP to our day’s destination at Crail seemed even more enjoyable after our refreshment. On reaching Crail we used a local service bus to return to Leven.

Summary; Good clearly marked paths. Mainly flat with good underfoot conditions.

Highs; Some lovely stretches of beach to walk on and more lovely fishing villages and harbours.

Lows; None a really enjoyable walk.

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