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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

This is a walk along farm tracks giving good views over the surrounding countryside. The trail to the end and back is 3km long. The surface can be quite muddy in places. There are farm vehicles using the route frequently.The worst gradient is about 10% (1:10) crossing the bridge over the A92.This route leads onto other nice walks.As it is a working farm the roads and path`s can be very muddy and rutted certainly after it has been raining.

Surveyed by: R. A Hunter, February 2010 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 2.5 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

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This is the start of the walk which I do regularly on my scooter with my dog is at the junction of Watters Crescent and the continuation of Hamilton Street.  The road is known locally as the Drum Road and leads to a working farm so you should look out for occasional cars, lorries, tractors, horse`s and other farm animals and of course other walkers. The parking is only here on the road since as I said the Drum Road is private.

Start This is the start of the walk which I do regularly on my scooter with my dog is at the junction of Watters Crescent and the continuation of Hamilton Street. The road is known locally as the Drum Road and leads to a working farm so you should look out for occasional cars, lorries, tractors, horse`s and other farm animals and of course other walkers. The parking is only here on the road since as I said the Drum Road is private.

 The Drum Road leads to Westerton Farm as well as other walks and  a right-of-way which I don`t think is used very often due to the lack of maintenance . The steepest part of this slope is 9% (1:11).

Gradient The Drum Road leads to Westerton Farm as well as other walks and a right-of-way which I don`t think is used very often due to the lack of maintenance . The steepest part of this slope is 9% (1:11).

The are a few potholes along the road as is this is a working farm track.  The good news is that there is plenty of room to avoid vehicles  using the road.

Surface The are a few potholes along the road as is this is a working farm track. The good news is that there is plenty of room to avoid vehicles using the road.

Most potholes can be avoided.

Path Most potholes can be avoided.

Another pot hole in the Drum Road

Surface Another pot hole in the Drum Road

At the bottom of the slope there are quite a few pot holes and hole that have been patched, but that can also be a problem since most of the patches are raised.

Path At the bottom of the slope there are quite a few pot holes and hole that have been patched, but that can also be a problem since most of the patches are raised.

At the bottom of the Drum Road turn left to follow the trail.Turn right once would have taken you to the Newton Farm and onto Cowdenbeath.  Now though a gate has been placed across the road but you can still get along it for approximately 557m. It`s still a nice walk. Note; it is possible to continue past the gate but you would have to be able to climb over the gate.

Seat At the bottom of the Drum Road turn left to follow the trail.Turn right once would have taken you to the Newton Farm and onto Cowdenbeath. Now though a gate has been placed across the road but you can still get along it for approximately 557m. It`s still a nice walk. Note; it is possible to continue past the gate but you would have to be able to climb over the gate.

There is a seat on  the corner at the bottom of the Drum Road.  The tarmac road continues towards Westerton Farm

Seat There is a seat on the corner at the bottom of the Drum Road. The tarmac road continues towards Westerton Farm

There are a few more pot hole`s but not many.  The road can have dirt on it from tractor tyre`s.

Surface There are a few more pot hole`s but not many. The road can have dirt on it from tractor tyre`s.

Don't take the road into the Westerton Farm. Keep left on the main track to follow the trail.

Direction Don't take the road into the Westerton Farm. Keep left on the main track to follow the trail.

Keep left past the farm entrance.

Direction Keep left past the farm entrance.

 

Path

Turn right into the yard at the back of Westerton Farm to follow the trail  over the bridge over the A92.

Gradient Turn right into the yard at the back of Westerton Farm to follow the trail over the bridge over the A92.

This photo is looking down (south) along a continuation of the farm road going over a bridge over the A92 to tracks and fields on the other side.   Although this road is tarmaced it can be quite hard to see it due to the dirt from the farm vehicle`s.

Path This photo is looking down (south) along a continuation of the farm road going over a bridge over the A92 to tracks and fields on the other side. Although this road is tarmaced it can be quite hard to see it due to the dirt from the farm vehicle`s.

Approaching the bridge there is slope of 8.0% (1:12) for 30m or so.

Gradient Approaching the bridge there is slope of 8.0% (1:12) for 30m or so.

Looking down over the bridge which has a slope of 10% (1:10) for about 70m.

Gradient Looking down over the bridge which has a slope of 10% (1:10) for about 70m.

Turn right over the bridge to follow the trail towards the west. The slope  from the bridge is 7% (1:14). Then a small dip onto the track west.

Gradient Turn right over the bridge to follow the trail towards the west. The slope from the bridge is 7% (1:14). Then a small dip onto the track west.

The track has been a well made road some time long ago but now has been built up with dirt and grass but with it being used by farm vehicle`s has become rutted.  The ruts are not deep and  vary in width between about 50cm to about a 1m or so.There can be puddles and muddy areas.

Surface The track has been a well made road some time long ago but now has been built up with dirt and grass but with it being used by farm vehicle`s has become rutted. The ruts are not deep and vary in width between about 50cm to about a 1m or so.There can be puddles and muddy areas.

There is a slope of 5% (1:20) for about 220m .

Gradient There is a slope of 5% (1:20) for about 220m .

After wet weather parts of the track can become muddy.

Surface After wet weather parts of the track can become muddy.

The slope eases  to  4% (1:25)  to the end of the track.

Gradient The slope eases to 4% (1:25) to the end of the track.

This far end of the track is not used as much. It has a firm surface but the grass has grown over more of it in places.

Surface This far end of the track is not used as much. It has a firm surface but the grass has grown over more of it in places.

 

Direction

This is the end of the track.  Turn round and follow the same route back to the start.

Direction This is the end of the track. Turn round and follow the same route back to the start.

From the top of the Drum Road you get a great view of Cowdenbeath and the country side in between.

View From the top of the Drum Road you get a great view of Cowdenbeath and the country side in between.

The track to the  right (west) at the bottom of the Drum Road can be a bit muddy after long periods of rain.  This is a working farm track.

Surface The track to the right (west) at the bottom of the Drum Road can be a bit muddy after long periods of rain. This is a working farm track.

The track surface is firm and level for about 250m.

Width The track surface is firm and level for about 250m.

The track at this point is flat and made up from earth and gravel.

Surface The track at this point is flat and made up from earth and gravel.

This shows the raised grassy area along the middle of the track in this photo (the grassy area covers about 2 thirds of the track leaving between 50cm to just over 1m either side).

Width This shows the raised grassy area along the middle of the track in this photo (the grassy area covers about 2 thirds of the track leaving between 50cm to just over 1m either side).

The track can become muddy after wet weather..

Surface The track can become muddy after wet weather..

This road leads down to a bridge over the A92.

Path This road leads down to a bridge over the A92.

The mud is rutted by tractor use.

Surface The mud is rutted by tractor use.

In places the muddy ruts can be quite deep.

Surface In places the muddy ruts can be quite deep.

A view of the Mossmorran Plant

View A view of the Mossmorran Plant

Grassy has overgrown the track for about  150m  the gate at the end of the track at 831m.  This section can be almost impassable in the summer due to long grass.

Surface Grassy has overgrown the track for about 150m the gate at the end of the track at 831m. This section can be almost impassable in the summer due to long grass.

There is a field gate at the end of this track.

Surface There is a field gate at the end of this track.

A small wood at the end of the track. I often see deer here.

View A small wood at the end of the track. I often see deer here.

return the way you came to rejoin the trail.

End return the way you came to rejoin the trail.

The path beyond  the gate leads on to Cowdenbeath.

View The path beyond the gate leads on to Cowdenbeath.

If you are able to get past this gate the path leads on to Cowdenbeath.

Barrier If you are able to get past this gate the path leads on to Cowdenbeath.

This photo is looking back along the track from the gate.

View This photo is looking back along the track from the gate.

This is the start of the dirt track that continue`s east to provide good views of Loch Gelly and beyond. It is approximately 250m long and very uneven with slopes from 5% (1:20) to 8% (1:12)

Gradient This is the start of the dirt track that continue`s east to provide good views of Loch Gelly and beyond. It is approximately 250m long and very uneven with slopes from 5% (1:20) to 8% (1:12)

The track leads to a field and a right-of-way.

Direction The track leads to a field and a right-of-way.

The surface is a  bit rough in places. This is probably about the steepest part at about 8%  (1:12).

Gradient The surface is a bit rough in places. This is probably about the steepest part at about 8% (1:12).

There is a seat to the side of the track.

Seat There is a seat to the side of the track.

Next to the seat is an entrance to the northern side of a right-of-way that crosses the track. This side of the  right-of-way lead to a garage site. My wife has went along this path and say`s it is only suitable for people that can walk and then with difficulty.

Barrier Next to the seat is an entrance to the northern side of a right-of-way that crosses the track. This side of the right-of-way lead to a garage site. My wife has went along this path and say`s it is only suitable for people that can walk and then with difficulty.

There is also a large gate next to the  right-of-way which can be opened if you can`t get through the A-barrier. I have not tried to open it due to path being impassable.

Barrier There is also a large gate next to the right-of-way which can be opened if you can`t get through the A-barrier. I have not tried to open it due to path being impassable.

This is the second part of the track leads to a field and dead end. This can be muddy and is uneven in places.

Surface This is the second part of the track leads to a field and dead end. This can be muddy and is uneven in places.

Looking towards Loch Gelly.

View Looking towards Loch Gelly.

 Loch Gelly.

View Loch Gelly.

Looking towards Loch Gelly. Also in the photo is another part of the right-of-way.

View Looking towards Loch Gelly. Also in the photo is another part of the right-of-way.

Looking back down the track towards the farm (west).

View Looking back down the track towards the farm (west).

The track can be very uneven with stones sticking up get muddy in places.

Surface The track can be very uneven with stones sticking up get muddy in places.

The track can get  muddier as you go farther east along the track and is very uneven with stones sticking up.

Surface The track can get muddier as you go farther east along the track and is very uneven with stones sticking up.

 

Surface

Down to the end of the track and still muddy and very uneven.

Surface Down to the end of the track and still muddy and very uneven.

The gate is the end of this part of the track.

Surface The gate is the end of this part of the track.

A view from the end of the track.

View A view from the end of the track.

The horse riding area by Westerton farm

View The horse riding area by Westerton farm

The track straight on over the bridge  is a continuation of the right-of -way.

Gradient The track straight on over the bridge is a continuation of the right-of -way.

Loch Gelly from the south side of the bridge.

View Loch Gelly from the south side of the bridge.

Countryside views from the south side of the bridge.

View Countryside views from the south side of the bridge.

Countryside and Mossmorran from the south side of the bridge.

View Countryside and Mossmorran from the south side of the bridge.

Lokking along a shelter belt wood where I have seen quite a few deer.

View Lokking along a shelter belt wood where I have seen quite a few deer.

Looking back east along the track from the end field and my dog jasper

View Looking back east along the track from the end field and my dog jasper

Looking back up the slope (about 5% (1:20) for about 220m) towards the south side of the bridge over the A92.

Gradient Looking back up the slope (about 5% (1:20) for about 220m) towards the south side of the bridge over the A92.

Looking over to Loch Gelly.

View Looking over to Loch Gelly.

 

View

Looking towards the Mossmorran plant.

View Looking towards the Mossmorran plant.

Looking over to Loch Gelly.

View Looking over to Loch Gelly.

Approaching the bridge there is a muddy section of the track..

Surface Approaching the bridge there is a muddy section of the track..

 It can be very muddy.

Surface It can be very muddy.

The south side of the bridge and the 7% (1:14) slope.  The road can get muddy.  Also, please keep an eye out for farm vehicles.

Gradient The south side of the bridge and the 7% (1:14) slope. The road can get muddy. Also, please keep an eye out for farm vehicles.

Looking up the bridge north 10%  (1:10).  The road can get muddy.  Also, please keep an eye out for farm vehicles.

Gradient Looking up the bridge north 10% (1:10). The road can get muddy. Also, please keep an eye out for farm vehicles.

Looking from the top of the bridge north past the side of the farm where there is a slope of 8% (1:33).m at 8.0% (1:12.5).

Gradient Looking from the top of the bridge north past the side of the farm where there is a slope of 8% (1:33).m at 8.0% (1:12.5).

This photo is of Watters Crescent and the water tower

View This photo is of Watters Crescent and the water tower

Watters Crescent and the water tower.

View Watters Crescent and the water tower.

Looking up (north) the Drum Road.

View Looking up (north) the Drum Road.

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