Car park at Townhill Waterski Centre (KY12 0HT). Closest bus stop on Townhill Road, a few minutes walk from the start point.
WALK REVIEW: 27th January 2017
When I am looking at a map trying to calculate a new walking route, my eyes are naturally drawn to the green areas: I prefer countryside rambles over urban hikes. I also have a preference for loops rather than ‘there & back’ walks and it can sometimes be tricky tying the two together…. Combine this with the need to avoid roads without a pavement (due to having a friend’s dog with us) and you have an idea of the challenge I had given myself for today! Townhill Loch is located to the North of Dunfermline right beside a host of residential areas and some busy roads. Nonetheless, I think I did not too badly in finding a safe loop we could do, taking in the best of the area’s picturesque spots.
The loch was busy with fellow dog walkers, all of whom were very friendly and stopped for a chat. The water was perfectly calm, creating a beautiful reflection of the late afternoon winter sunset.
The section along the dismantled railway made for very pleasant walking. I always find it fascinating to be standing on a footpath which trains once hurtled along. Many dismantled railways have been ruined (in my opinion) by the council pouring tarmac over them to turn them into cycle tracks. It makes them so boring to walk along! This one however was charming and a real pleasure to be on.
Emerging from the dismantled railway, the next part of the walk was through residential areas. On the whole they were pretty quiet, with the exception of Robertson Road which was busy with traffic. We had managed to time being there with the schools finishing so this undoubtedly made things busier than they might otherwise have been. It wasn’t long before we were away from the hustle and bustle and back on earth tracks towards the loch. We even dared complain about the mud here 😀 From this high vantage point we were rewarded with pleasant views across the farmland and nearby Canmore Golf Club.