Wintry Walk in Fife

Come on – how about coming with me on a wintry walk in Fife, it’ll help blow the cobwebs away! One afternoon a couple of weeks ago during a really cold snap we went for a walk in nearby woodland.

Balbirnie Estate trees

And then we left the woodland, crossed the road and set out for the open farmland surrounding the woods.

Estate Trees

Farm Track

It was the middle of November but the trees were still holding onto leaves and looking quite colourful, I think some of them are beeches.

Trees

In the summer these fields will have crops of wheat, oats or barley in them.

winter Trees

The fields had been boggy after all the rain we’d had earlier in the year but where there were tractor tracks the puddles in them had been frozen over. We kept to the farm track, in the photo below you can just see a small bridge that goes over a railway line, there’s a concrete and brick structure above and beside the track which looks like a World War 2 pillbox.

Railway  Bridge and pillbox

Presumably the pillbox was built to defend the track in the event of attack.

Pillbox

Below is the track going north.
Railway  track

And below the track is going south to Edinburgh.
Railway  track, Fife

We disturbed some pheasants in one of the fields and they flew off in that awkward way they have that makes me think that anyone who shoots them for ‘sport’ is akin to a murderer as it seems they can’t fly away very well, having said that they were too fast for me to get a photo of them.

Trees in Fife

By then we were frozen to the bone so we turned for home, it was coffee and cake time! I’m sorry I couldn’t share that with you, but I hope you enjoyed your rural stroll with me in Fife.
Road

The land around here isn’t that far from Falkland Palace and I imagine that when Mary of Guise, Mary Stuart and King James lived there this area would have been part of their riding and hunting ground as Falkland was built as a hunting palace. It would have been much more heavily wooded in those days. The Palace is mentioned in Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles

6 thoughts on “Wintry Walk in Fife

  1. You deserved your coffee and cake after that wintry excursion.
    We’ve had a succession of days that have reached 28-30deg. C so I feel quite refreshed after seeing your lovely photos and descriptions.

    • Valerie,
      That should have cooled you down then! I would hate to be in your temperatures – for long anyway, but on the other hand it must make it possible to grow so many different plants.

  2. Thanks for taking us on that lovely walk. What a stately tree in the first photo. I’ve always loved ‘long views’, like the ones over the fields and up and down the railroad track. A hot drink and a slice of cake would be the perfect way to end a brisk walk.

    • Joan,
      It’s much colder now than it was when we went on that walk, and last night the stars were so bright with no cloud cover. The cold means that we should be burning up calories quicker – I hope!

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