Walking: Maspie Den & The Falkland Estate, Fife

It was a hot June day in Fife. No one had warned me and so I came armed with thermal trousers (it’s the 2nd time I’ve been caught out this year!) Everyone skits the Scottish summer so perhaps I was really lucky to be exploring the Maspie Den and the Falkland Estate on such a beautiful day with Ranger Ben Dolphin.  

Maspie Den, The Falklands

Scotland has been on my to-adventure list for ages and I was told it was like Wales, only taller and more dramatic.  They were right!  

Aiming to walk 1000 miles this year has lead me to some fantastic walking spots with a diverse range of terrain. Most people (myself included) assume that to walk such a distance requires serious mountains or trekking over a few days,  and actually, it doesn’t! It just requires some imagination and dedication (actually a lot of that).

The Terrain

It certainly requires sturdy boots because in parts it’s full of tree roots,  boggy patches, and an incline. There are no technical or tricky bits, so I’d  describe it as easy providing you take it at your own pace. It can be slippery so take care coming down the hills and steps. 

Maspie Den, The Falklands

Water everywhere

The first part of the walk is a woodland so as well as the lovely tall trees to watch swaying in the breeze, there’s a winding stream along side, which looked great for a paddle! And clumbs of small rocks which spit out water like this for one. 

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Woodlands

I love walking among woodlands (said to improve creative thinking). The trees are tall, some gangly, with bird boxes, and squirrels chasing each other. Even if you didn’t want to do the full walk, a picnic in the woods is just as good as an idea as any.  There are even a few fallen down trees for easy climbing.

As demonstrated by Jenni from The Thrifty Magpie Nest.

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Waterfalls  

The main one being the Yad waterfall. The overhead rock is low and the water drips on the back of the neck, it’s refreshing. I enjoyed the water’s spray on a hot June day as I walked behind the waterfall.   There are a few other little falls as you make your way up to the main attraction and they’re all lovely to stop off and admire.   

 

The Yad Maspie Den, The Falklands

 

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Views

I enjoyed reaching the top of the incline to see views of the Lomond Hills and the Regional Park. This area of Fife was Scotland’s first Regional Park in 1986 to acknowledge the importance of recreation and conservation.  I’d love to do more walking in those hills!

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Other

Watch out for the stone built pitch black tunnel you have to go through  – there is light at the end,  I promise! I also enjoyed making up some spooky stories about the Falkland House School as it looks so eerie with a woodland backdrop and a Harry Potter-esque vibe about it.  But actually, this school helps boys with special learning requirements so not scary at all in reality! 🙂 This walk is a great one for our furry friends but ensure you put them on a lead when you come out of the woods, as there’s lots of farmland. 

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If you fancy exploring the Maspie Den and Falklands Estate here are some links to help you plan your walk:

Lomond Hills Walk series 2 – Maspie Den and the Falkland Estate

Maspie Den, Falklands 

 

All of this walking gives me an appetite!

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I’d certainly worked up yet another appetite after that little wander and if time would have permitted it, I would have visited Pillars of Hercules again as we did that lunch time, prior to the walk! A haven for those who love plant based food.    Equipped with an organic farm, cafe, shop and camping facilities,  this place gets a BIG thumbs up from me.  I even took a walk around their plant based farm (a gentle warm up). It’s nice to see good hearty, fresh and filling food produced in an ethical and caring way. 

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I’ve done nearly 600 miles this year, and with my 2nd  Scotland stint in October, walking the West Highland Way, by December, I think 1000 miles will have been exceeded! But anyway, it’s not about the number of miles you walk, it’s the experiences along the way – won’t you join me?

Note: Thank you to Welcome to Fife for inviting me over. All hills climbed, waterfalls photographed,  sweaty thermal clad legs and homegrown produce inhaled were entirely my own. 

 

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