A Country Walk in Fife, Scotland.

I hope you’ve buffed up your virtual hiking boots because we’re off on a walk along a country track. We usually stick to walking along the esplanade or around a local park during the winter months but on Sunday it was a lovely day and we decided to go off piste and took a path out of the park and down to what has recently been called Wizard’s Walk after Michael Scot who was a scholar and apparently had ‘second sight’. He lived in the Balwearie area in the 12th century. You can read about him here.

carved wooden thistle

This is a carved thistle at the beginning of the walk which has been made from an old tree stump. The path leads you to a wee stream or burn which is quite pretty as it tumbles over the rocks. I think this stream fed one of the many mills which used to make linen in the town.
park mill stream

park mill dam

The field on the other side of the burn is home to a couple of very quiet horses who are obviously great pals. They both came over to have a look at us but only one came down into the stream to have a nice drink. At the moment the wild garlic is just beginning to flower and the air is fairly pungent with it, it seems to be taking over the whole area.

park mill stream and  horse

The horses didn’t stay long and then ambled back to their favourite corner of their field.

park mill stream and horses
At the end of the path we turned right and walked up a fairly steep farm track. The trees are still bare as you can see, apart from all the ivy which is galloping up their trunks and throttling them. I’d pull it all down if they were my trees. I’m going to go back this way in a couple of weeks just to see how different it all looks.

Country path
When you reach the top of the track there’s a good view of open fields, I think in a few weeks this place should be transformed when all the trees come into leaf and the crops start growing – whatever they are.

Ploughed fields

I don’t know about you, but I think this ploughed field is a thing of beauty. It must be quite a skill to be able to plough on what is quite steep and undulating land. It looks like it has been quilted.

furrows
This is another pair of horses which are further up the hill, they were too busy eating to even notice us, it’s nice that they seem to keep them in pairs so that they are company for each other.
field horses

The walk took us just over two hours but it was such a lovely day and there was plenty to see, it’s just great to be able to stretch your legs somewhere different after the winter. Don’t put your virtual boots away yet. The walk is only half done. Come back tomorrow for part two!

8 thoughts on “A Country Walk in Fife, Scotland.

    • Evee,
      Like Merlin – that Michael Scott got around! This is just about the only country walk we can take without getting in the car first and you are quite restricted where you can walk due to barbed wire, the disused railway line is even blocked off. There’s also the inevitable golf course cutting through the farmland, they seem to be everywhere.

  1. What a lovely walk! I’m looking forward to your photos of it in a few weeks, after things green up. I miss those rural walks.

    I agree with you about the horses. It’s so sad when herd animals, like horses, or pack animals, like dogs, are forced to live solitary lives.

    • Joan,
      Growth should speed up now what with the longer days and milder weather.

      There are a lot of young girls around who have their own horse, in my day that was just a dream for horsey girls. It’s quite common to see half a dozen or so horses in a field, it must be quite a good way for a farmer to earn more money. I know it costs a lot to keep a horse.

    • Jo,
      The only down side is people can’t actually use up calories on virtual walks. Mind you, looking at the scales it had absolutely no effect on me!

  2. Beautiful photos, thankyou; and an interesting link about Michael Scott. My first thought on reading about the stamp of the black horse’s hoof that set the bells of Paris ringing, and then the collapse of the towers, was “earthquakes!” having experienced a few lately 🙂 [no damage here]. What a fascinating legend.

    • Valerie,
      I’m glad you enjoyed it. I imagine that the trees around this area are quite different from those in New Zealand. Lucky you had no earthquake damage. New Zealand is the one place I thought that I would like to live if I couldn’t live in Scotland, parts of it look so similar, but I don’t fancy having to brave earthquakes!

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