Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

This trail goes around two farms Easter Cartmore farm and Wester Cartmore farm/steadings to the North of Lochgelly. Some of the photos were taken in May when dry and sunny and some were taken in January when wet and muddy. There are quite a lot of inclines and declines some steep and some not so steep. The terrain can be quite rough in places. Differing grades of gravel and pot holes and when it has rained some of the tracks can be quite muddy. There are some great views towards Benarty and the Ochil Hills. There is a main road at the entrance to Launcherhead Road which is the number 19 bus route most of these buses are low floor and have wheelchair spaces.

Surveyed by: R. A Hunter, August 2010 (Summer)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 3.1 km

Public Transport: Part of this trail is near the B920 at the corner of Luncherhead Road. There is a bus stop near the corner. There are no car parks but there is plenty of on road parking.
Car Park: The only parking is on street parking. Launcherhead Road and Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue.
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

I started this walk at the junction of Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue.

Start I started this walk at the junction of Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue.

I started this walk at the junction of Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue. This is the way I started this walk.  This rough road is still called Cartmore Road even though it`s in a bad condition.  This road takes you to Easter and Wester Cartmore Farms and Launcherhead Road. 

The walk is 2.611km in length.

Please note: Easter Cartmore Farm is a working farm and there can be very heavy vehicles moving about.

Path I started this walk at the junction of Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue. This is the way I started this walk. This rough road is still called Cartmore Road even though it`s in a bad condition. This road takes you to Easter and Wester Cartmore Farms and Launcherhead Road. The walk is 2.611km in length. Please note: Easter Cartmore Farm is a working farm and there can be very heavy vehicles moving about.

 

Path

The entrance is large chips for about 20 meters. Can be muddy and full of pot holes. Starts of at about 6% (1:17) to 8% (1:13) near the bottom.  95 meters from the top to the bottom corner. There is a camber from the middle 28% (1:4) from either side of the middle winding between the pot holes.

Gradient The entrance is large chips for about 20 meters. Can be muddy and full of pot holes. Starts of at about 6% (1:17) to 8% (1:13) near the bottom. 95 meters from the top to the bottom corner. There is a camber from the middle 28% (1:4) from either side of the middle winding between the pot holes.

Lochgelly Golf course,

View Lochgelly Golf course,

8% (1:13) near the bottom over about 20 meters.

Gradient 8% (1:13) near the bottom over about 20 meters.

Lochgelly Golf course

View Lochgelly Golf course

Levels off from until the next corner. There are quite a few pot holes that you will have to navigate around. Can be muddy.

Surface Levels off from until the next corner. There are quite a few pot holes that you will have to navigate around. Can be muddy.

The same as the last `Surface`photo but later in the year and at a different angle.

Information The same as the last `Surface`photo but later in the year and at a different angle.

The path ahead goes to Launcherhead Road.  We will be coming back that way.

Information The path ahead goes to Launcherhead Road. We will be coming back that way.

At the corner to go down to the left to the Braes is very muddy.  Most of this is due to workmen laying a pipe or drainage and at the moment there is really no way of going round it so I went through it.

Surface At the corner to go down to the left to the Braes is very muddy. Most of this is due to workmen laying a pipe or drainage and at the moment there is really no way of going round it so I went through it.

Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

View Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

Starts of at about 11% (1:10) gravely a mixture of loose and hard packed areas.  There`s a groove that zig zags across and down the road where water has run down.  The grooves have incline/decline of around 14% (1:7) some more some less.  Can be muddy and streams of water running down.

Gradient Starts of at about 11% (1:10) gravely a mixture of loose and hard packed areas. There`s a groove that zig zags across and down the road where water has run down. The grooves have incline/decline of around 14% (1:7) some more some less. Can be muddy and streams of water running down.

 

Path

10% (1:10) near the bridge.

Gradient 10% (1:10) near the bridge.

Camber of around 14% (1:7) from the centre of the road out.

Gradient Camber of around 14% (1:7) from the centre of the road out.

It levels off before the bridge but the road is covered with largish cobbles/ stones imbedded and loose in the road making the road very uneven. Coming up to the bridge.  And is just as bad on the other side of the bridge.

Surface It levels off before the bridge but the road is covered with largish cobbles/ stones imbedded and loose in the road making the road very uneven. Coming up to the bridge. And is just as bad on the other side of the bridge.

The road is covered with largish cobbles/ stones imbedded and loose in the road making the road very uneven.
Levelish for about 184 meters from just before the bridge until the junction to the two farms

Surface The road is covered with largish cobbles/ stones imbedded and loose in the road making the road very uneven. Levelish for about 184 meters from just before the bridge until the junction to the two farms

There is largish stones/gravel on the other side of the bridge.

Surface There is largish stones/gravel on the other side of the bridge.

Some has the last `Surface` photo but later in the year and a different angle.

Information Some has the last `Surface` photo but later in the year and a different angle.

Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

View Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

This photo is of the same area as the last `Information` photo but later in the year and at a different angle.

Information This photo is of the same area as the last `Information` photo but later in the year and at a different angle.

Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

View Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

South of Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

View South of Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

Easter Cartmore Farm

View Easter Cartmore Farm

At the junction between the two farms the road starts going up at around 4% (1:25) then 8% (1:13) as you go up onto the left hand road. Then goes up to 11% (1:9) which level off at the end of the first lot of tree at the top to the Farm. 
This is over 218 meters until it levels out near the Wester Cartmore farm.

Gradient At the junction between the two farms the road starts going up at around 4% (1:25) then 8% (1:13) as you go up onto the left hand road. Then goes up to 11% (1:9) which level off at the end of the first lot of tree at the top to the Farm. This is over 218 meters until it levels out near the Wester Cartmore farm.

North Lochgelly

View North Lochgelly

Levels out to Wester Cartmore Farm.
If you continue through the farm/steading the track will join up with my Lumphinnans farm trail.

Path Levels out to Wester Cartmore Farm. If you continue through the farm/steading the track will join up with my Lumphinnans farm trail.

North Lochgelly

View North Lochgelly

North of Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

View North of Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

North of Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

View North of Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

North of Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

View North of Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

South of Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

View South of Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

North of Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

View North of Wester Cartmore Farm/Steadings

Path

Back at the junction to the two farms.  This road is to the East to Easter Cartmore Farm.  Loose and hard pack gravel. Going to the right hand farm from the left hand farm there is an incline off about 6% (1:17)  for about 34 meters.

Gradient Back at the junction to the two farms. This road is to the East to Easter Cartmore Farm. Loose and hard pack gravel. Going to the right hand farm from the left hand farm there is an incline off about 6% (1:17) for about 34 meters.

Path

This road is made of small gravel, it is firm but uneven almost all its length,  229 meters.

Surface This road is made of small gravel, it is firm but uneven almost all its length, 229 meters.

Near the end of this stretch of road, more pot holes.

Surface Near the end of this stretch of road, more pot holes.

The road starts at about 5% (1:22)  about half way up it is about 11% (1:10) and 13% (1:8) at near the top. This last for about 75 meters until it levels out for a short distance near the top. Loose and hard pack gravel.
Please note: Easter Cartmore Farm is a working farm and there can be very heavy vehicles moving about.

Gradient The road starts at about 5% (1:22) about half way up it is about 11% (1:10) and 13% (1:8) at near the top. This last for about 75 meters until it levels out for a short distance near the top. Loose and hard pack gravel. Please note: Easter Cartmore Farm is a working farm and there can be very heavy vehicles moving about.

Near the top, next to the farm. Loose and hard pack gravel. Uneven.

Surface Near the top, next to the farm. Loose and hard pack gravel. Uneven.

Almost at the top. Loose and hard pack gravel. Uneven.

Surface Almost at the top. Loose and hard pack gravel. Uneven.

Top.  Loose and hard pack gravel. Uneven.

Please note: Easter Cartmore Farm is a working farm and there can be very heavy vehicles moving about.

Surface Top. Loose and hard pack gravel. Uneven. Please note: Easter Cartmore Farm is a working farm and there can be very heavy vehicles moving about.

Starts going down at about 7% (1:15) then about 12% (1:8) most of the way down but starts leveling off at 10% (1:13) as it gets near the bottom.  118 meters to the bottom.  Uneven, loose small gravel.

Gradient Starts going down at about 7% (1:15) then about 12% (1:8) most of the way down but starts leveling off at 10% (1:13) as it gets near the bottom. 118 meters to the bottom. Uneven, loose small gravel.

Path

Packed large gravel for about 20 meters.  This is as far as I went to the left.  I had tried to go further on my scooter before but had to many problems.

Information Packed large gravel for about 20 meters. This is as far as I went to the left. I had tried to go further on my scooter before but had to many problems.

Looking West towards Wester Cartmore

View Looking West towards Wester Cartmore

The farm used to use that area as a dumping ground for all types of waste e.g. waste building materials, Road signs cables and many other items but look at it now.  You would never know whats under the trees and grass.

View The farm used to use that area as a dumping ground for all types of waste e.g. waste building materials, Road signs cables and many other items but look at it now. You would never know whats under the trees and grass.

North of Easter Cartmore Farm. Towards Benarty Hill and the Ochils Hills to the West.

View North of Easter Cartmore Farm. Towards Benarty Hill and the Ochils Hills to the West.

North of Easter Cartmore Farm. Towards Benarty Hill and the Ochils Hills to the West.

View North of Easter Cartmore Farm. Towards Benarty Hill and the Ochils Hills to the West.

North of Easter Cartmore Farm. Towards Benarty Hill and Ballingry, Crosshill, Lochore and Lochore Meadows Country Park.

View North of Easter Cartmore Farm. Towards Benarty Hill and Ballingry, Crosshill, Lochore and Lochore Meadows Country Park.

North of Easter Cartmore Farm. Towards Benarty Hill.

View North of Easter Cartmore Farm. Towards Benarty Hill.

North of Easter Cartmore Farm. Towards Benarty Hill and Ballingry, Crosshill, Lochore and Lochore Meadows Country Park and The Bishop Hill to the east.

View North of Easter Cartmore Farm. Towards Benarty Hill and Ballingry, Crosshill, Lochore and Lochore Meadows Country Park and The Bishop Hill to the east.

This farm road goes to the past the Lochgelly High School and to Station Road, Lochgelly, from Easter Cartmore Farm.  The road to the left head over land to Lochore Meadow Country Park.

Information This farm road goes to the past the Lochgelly High School and to Station Road, Lochgelly, from Easter Cartmore Farm. The road to the left head over land to Lochore Meadow Country Park.

Turn to the left at the bottom is level but close packed large gravel for about 20 meters.  This is as far as I went to the left.  I had tried it on my scooter before but had to many problems.

Surface Turn to the left at the bottom is level but close packed large gravel for about 20 meters. This is as far as I went to the left. I had tried it on my scooter before but had to many problems.

I don`t know what this old building used to be.

View I don`t know what this old building used to be.

Going back up towards the Easter Cartmore Farm.

Path Going back up towards the Easter Cartmore Farm.

Path

The road to the left head over land to Lochore Meadow Country Park.

Information The road to the left head over land to Lochore Meadow Country Park.

There is a stepping stile to the left of the farm gate.

Information There is a stepping stile to the left of the farm gate.

This farm road goes to the past the Lochgelly High School and to Station Road, Lochgelly.
There can be farm animals on the road.

Information This farm road goes to the past the Lochgelly High School and to Station Road, Lochgelly. There can be farm animals on the road.

This farm road goes to the past the Lochgelly High School and to Station Road, Lochgelly.  There can be farm animals on the road.

Information This farm road goes to the past the Lochgelly High School and to Station Road, Lochgelly. There can be farm animals on the road.

Path

Top of the hill, next to the farm yard. Looking north towards Lochgelly.
Please note: Easter Cartmore Farm is a working farm and there can be very heavy vehicles moving about.

Path Top of the hill, next to the farm yard. Looking north towards Lochgelly. Please note: Easter Cartmore Farm is a working farm and there can be very heavy vehicles moving about.

Same as the previous `Path` Photo but later in the year and from a different angle.

View Same as the previous `Path` Photo but later in the year and from a different angle.

The entrance road into the Easter Cartmore Farm from Launcherhead Road, Lochgelly.  
The road from the farm is level and has a layer of loose larger gravel but it still has quite a lot of shallow potholes.  This continues to the bridge.

Please note: Easter Cartmore Farm is a working farm and there can be very heavy vehicles moving about.

Surface The entrance road into the Easter Cartmore Farm from Launcherhead Road, Lochgelly. The road from the farm is level and has a layer of loose larger gravel but it still has quite a lot of shallow potholes. This continues to the bridge. Please note: Easter Cartmore Farm is a working farm and there can be very heavy vehicles moving about.

 

Surface

Looking back towards Easter Cartmore Farm

View Looking back towards Easter Cartmore Farm

From the bridge up it is quite rough medium size loose gravel which make the road heavy going. Some pot holes.
There is a shallow rise from the bridge for about 50 meters to 15% (1:7) for about 5/10 meters then it goes to about 8% (1:13) up to the main road (Launcherhead Road). This is over a total distance of 146 meters

Gradient From the bridge up it is quite rough medium size loose gravel which make the road heavy going. Some pot holes. There is a shallow rise from the bridge for about 50 meters to 15% (1:7) for about 5/10 meters then it goes to about 8% (1:13) up to the main road (Launcherhead Road). This is over a total distance of 146 meters

 

Surface

 

Surface

 

Surface

At the top turn to the right to the walkway heading up to the right.

This is the main entrance to Easter Cartmore Farm.

Please note: Easter Cartmore Farm is a working farm and there can be very heavy vehicles moving about.

Surface At the top turn to the right to the walkway heading up to the right. This is the main entrance to Easter Cartmore Farm. Please note: Easter Cartmore Farm is a working farm and there can be very heavy vehicles moving about.

Launcherhead road football park of Launcherhead  Road.

View Launcherhead road football park of Launcherhead Road.

Looking back down the road to Easter Cartmore Farm from Launcherhead Road.

View Looking back down the road to Easter Cartmore Farm from Launcherhead Road.

View turn right.  Path to take in distance. It is about 35 meters for the exit into Launcherhead Road to the path going back up to the Golf course and junction of Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue

Path View turn right. Path to take in distance. It is about 35 meters for the exit into Launcherhead Road to the path going back up to the Golf course and junction of Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue

Launcherhead Road looking East from the road to Easter Cartmore Farm.
this leads to Station Road. To the left at the end is the entrance to the railway station, a south going bus stop and the road to Ballingry.  To the right a North bound bus stop and central Lochgelly, the A92, Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline.

Information Launcherhead Road looking East from the road to Easter Cartmore Farm. this leads to Station Road. To the left at the end is the entrance to the railway station, a south going bus stop and the road to Ballingry. To the right a North bound bus stop and central Lochgelly, the A92, Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline.

Path to take.
The path is tarmaced and starts at about 8% (1:13) for about 26 meters then to 7% (1:15) further on and stays about that for most of the rest of the path.
This path is about 244 meters in length.

This goes back to Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue.

Gradient Path to take. The path is tarmaced and starts at about 8% (1:13) for about 26 meters then to 7% (1:15) further on and stays about that for most of the rest of the path. This path is about 244 meters in length. This goes back to Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue.

 

Path

Carry on ahead.  
The path left goes to houses.

Path Carry on ahead. The path left goes to houses.

 

Path

 

Path

Looking back along the path to Launcherhead Road

View Looking back along the path to Launcherhead Road

The end of the path and back to the way we came in via the Golf course and junction of Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue.

Path The end of the path and back to the way we came in via the Golf course and junction of Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue.

Same place as the previous photo but later in the year.

Information Same place as the previous photo but later in the year.

Junction going back up to the Golf course and junction of Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue.

Surface Junction going back up to the Golf course and junction of Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue.

Going to Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue. 
Continuing from the last photo but later in the year.

Information Going to Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue. Continuing from the last photo but later in the year.

Going to Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue. 
Continuing from the last photo.

Path Going to Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue. Continuing from the last photo.

Path

Going to Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue.

Surface Going to Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue.

Almost back to the start at the junction of Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue.

Surface Almost back to the start at the junction of Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue.

Lochgelly Golf Course

View Lochgelly Golf Course

Lochgelly Golf Course

View Lochgelly Golf Course

Lochgelly Golf Course

View Lochgelly Golf Course

Lochgelly Golf Course

Information Lochgelly Golf Course

Lochgelly Golf Course

View Lochgelly Golf Course

Lochgelly Golf Course

View Lochgelly Golf Course

Back to where we started, the junction of Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue.

End Back to where we started, the junction of Cartmore Road and McGregor Avenue.

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