Fife Coastal Path - Lower Largo to Anstruther
by Stretch » Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:32 am
Route description: Lower Largo to St Monans , Fife Coastal Path
Date walked: 21/08/2011
Time taken: 4.2 hours
Distance: 20.8 km
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I got an early start, first bus down the coast left St Andrews at 7:30. By 9 I was setting off down the beach from Lower Largo. The wind was brisk but it was surprisingly warm to start the day. The sun would come out in full force eventually and I was roasting by the end of the day. It's a pretty lengthy walk down the beach from Lower Largo to Ruddons Point, but this was my favorite stretch of the day.
From Ruddons Point it was on to Elie and the cliffs above the chain walk. This is also a nice stretch, at least after you get past the camper park. I have done the chain walk about 5 or 6 times and on this day the tide looked a bit high so I chose to take the high road. Once I came down off the cliffs I reached the beach alongside the Elie golf course and saw what appeared to be a golfer w/bag looking for his lost ball. I figured he would just pick it up if he found it, but no, this guy lined up a shot and did a fine job getting it back in play. On to Elie I went, this is one of my favorite towns along the east coast. The beach was full of kids playing in the sun and sand and it made for a lively scene. At the pier I tried to regain the path by skirting the coast around the lighthouse at the end of town. I cut through the very lower end of some guy's yard and he came outside and gave me hell. I guess he didn't like the look of a giant, hat wearing American walking through the worst bit of his yard. I was rudely redirected to the street. Nevertheless, I finally made it out of Elie and started back on the path for St Monans.
There were more people on the Elie to St Monans section and I passed several groups heading along this stretch. The castle ruins just before St Monans was the main attraction but the 3 caravans parked on the site ruined some angles for photos. A wedding was in progress at the Kirk and a piper was playing in the churchyard. At St Monans I decided to go ahead and walk further on to Anstruther and get a bit more exercise. It was too nice of a day to call it quits. At Pittenweem I splurged on a rasberry ripple ice cream cone, yum. Then checked the bus times for Anstruther and saw that I could get there in time to catch the next ride back to St Andrews. Anstruther was full of folks, so I just sat on a bench and people watched for 30 minutes before catching the bus back.
I've now walked 4 of the 9 sections of the coastal path and have really enjoyed these strolls. The section from Anstruther to Crail does not look particularly interesting so I may give that a miss. But I'd like to finish the St Andrews to Newport on Tay section. The coastal path is a great alternative for a broke student who wants to see some nice scenery while his pals are high on the munros. I spent just 7 pounds on this day, but had a fantastic day in the sun.
by gammy leg walker » Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:30 am
by walk aboot » Sun Aug 21, 2011 4:20 pm
Um, what's a tank trap?
by Stretch » Sun Aug 21, 2011 4:34 pm
Willie, loan, I mean give me 80 pounds next time
by Malckyb » Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:12 pm
by KGBMC » Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:41 pm
I have completed the sections from North Queensferry to Largo and intend doing the path from Largo to Ainster staying at the small caravan site at St Monans
Fortunately I have my bus pass so it should'nt cost me a penny, tight b------d
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by Stretch » Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:33 pm
I havent done much walking in Fife although I have been thinking about it for some time. Had my eye on the Lomond Hills but your report is making me think I should do this coastal path instead
by dooterbang » Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:07 pm
I had lunch in Aberdour bay before spending some time in St Andrews.
I forgot my camera so thanks for posting this
by JB likes a beer » Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:15 pm
by HighlandSC » Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:42 pm
by Graeme D » Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:49 pm
by Stretch » Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:14 am
James, it's a probably a good thing there is no McD's anywhere near St Andrews! I allow myself to stop at the one in Perth from time to time though
Morag, I've done the Lomond's as well, it's a good little walk and the views are nice.
by Alan S » Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:00 am
Pity you couldnt join us this weekend hopefully next time
by tamsin grainger » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:01 pm
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