The next instalment of my blisters of bust walking trip along the Fife Coastal Path,(FCP) from Torryburn to North Queensferry.
My intention was to walk the five miles to Limekilns where I planned to catch a bus to Dunfermline and another back to my starting point.
Photography wise I slightly altered my settings so as not have such dark shadows. It was still my intention to shoot in square JPEG format however a technical issue with key wording the JPEGs and I have went back to the RAW format pictures, converted to the Fuji Monochrome with the yellow filter simulation but I would be a fool to ignore the Develop Module.
My car was left in a small car park on the shores of the Forth and its a no brainer to follow the path along the track between the houses and the shore.
The track passes by a house with an unusual wall, it is topped with large lumps of what looks like the by-product of a furnace. I dare say it would be uncomfortable to climb over that wall.
However, the path becomes a beautiful tarred track. The going was so good and I was enjoying myself so much that I missed a signpost directing me to the left, going up the hill past the ruined ,old Torryburn Parish Church and along to Bullions. As it happened I got a few piccies along the way.
I thought this was clump of ivy was heart shaped until I realised that it’s a Christmas carol all in one picture. I’ll let you figure out which one…
This is where I went wrong… and I’ve got the photo to prove it!
Out on the sticky mud flats, looking towards Crombie Point.
The tarred cycle track passes by some interesting houses, including this one, a 17th century Lairds house with lots of crow step gables.
The cycle path ends at Crombie point, which seems to have been a fishing port at one time.
The outside stairs with the living accommodation above the boat shed, the attached barns to the houses.It must have been a busy port at one time, going by the size of the ruined jetty at the foot of the road.
The FCP goes up the hill passing a stone platform used in the days of old for getting onto a horse.
The path makes a sharp detour at Crombie Point to avoid the Defence Munitions depot at Crombie. The depot was established in 1916 as a munition store for the fleet at nearby Rosyth and latterly holds stores for the Air Force as well.
Is a small farming community made even smaller by the row of empty farm labourers cottages by the roadside.
Make the most of this quiet country road as it makes its way up he hill as you are heading for a busy road.
Having the time to take in the views gets you thinking, here is a small dead-end country road with the detritus from MacDonald’s scattered here and there along the way. The thing is it is miles away from the nearest restaurant. What a messy bunch we are. I am sure there is a university thesis in the generation and distribution of litter. It is not just MacDonalds that are at fault, Costa, Starbucks and Subway are also noticeable.
You come up to the A985 for the short walk to Crombie Village. The sign, a walker need to look out for is half way down the pole to the right.
If you want, the journey can be shortened by continuing to walk along the footpath beside the road, if you want a quieter life, follow the FCP to the right at the old school and up the hill, the FCP goes around the houses before returning to rejoin the main road. The old disused parish church and the now closed local shop are half way around the houses.
There is now two miles for walking alongside the road, not pleasurable but it has to be endured before turning right, then sharp left to follow the track into the Bromhall Estate.
You cross a railway line that should have been removed years ago, it goes down to Charleston and then a branch line goes off to DM Crombie, although nothing has gone this way in years.
Even the odd MacDonalds detritus here.
The track makes its way up a short hill and down on a beautifully paved track going through the workings of a quarry.
A little farther on to the left is a modern day lime kiln. Once upon a time this whole area was a major producer of lime for the building trade, essential for lime mortar and for agricultural uses as well.
The Bruce Family at Broomhall, direct descendants of King Robert the Bruce, who operated the lime business were generous benefactors establishing a school for the workers children. This was the village school until falling numbers forced its closure. A curious little archway in front of the doors.
They also built a granary a little farther on, which became a drill hall and is now the village shop.
A model village laid out around a large village green and little bit beyond the shop was my stopping point for lunch and more importantly a rest.
On reflection there does not seem to be many places along the way to sit and rest for a while. No handy big boulders or fallen trees nothing.
Having reached my initial destination I decided to carry on and get some more, which concludes this first part of the Torryburn to North Queensferry section of the FCB… but there’s one thing for sure…