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|Cycle Route Details|
|Route Name||Collessie to Glenfarg Loop|
|Distance : miles (km)||32.34 (52.05)|
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|An interesting and varied route on quiet country roads and well graded forest tracks. A couple of stiff climbs at more than 10% slope are well worth the effort; they afford great views of the Kingdom of Fife from Pitmedden Forest.
Nominally starting at Birnie and Gaddon Lochs, just south of Collessie, where free parking is available at the nature reserve. The route heads northwest on the B937 and then a country lane takes you past Black and Golden Lochs to Grange of Lindores.
The route continues west on the B936, and after a little more than 1km a minor road marked as a cycle route takes you to Macduffâ€™s Cross (over a cattle grid and you leave tarmac for 300m). Not much of a cross these days, only a cairn and the base-stone are extant, but the views of the Tay are stunning from this location.
From the cross continue northwest until coming to a â€˜Tâ€™ junction, where you turn left and continue uphill at 10% slope heading south.
At the highest point on the road a small parking area to your right marks the start of the forest track through Pitmedden. Continue west, tending to southwest, for 5km over largely well-graded undulating tracks; this is the highest part of the route at 300m. Breaks in the trees afford excellent views of distant hills.
As the track begins to leave the forest, about 4.5km in, a new forest track (continuing southwest just where the main track swings sharply to the northwest), not yet on Google Maps, allows you to avoid losing too much height.
Back on tarmac, head south for 2km and lookout for, and take, a small road on the right, heading west. On this section of the route there are good views of the Lomond Hills and Balvaird Castle.
Just past a small glade of trees a dirt track takes you past Corrinzion and then over the A912. Follow the minor road past Newton of Balcanquhal, heading generally west.
Take the dead-end road left to Arngast, where a footbridge takes you over the M90 to Glenfarg. Continue on the minor road heading west past the Glenfarg Hotel, and after 200m turn left and head south.
Turn left at Colliston and the small road (with great views of Loch Leven) takes you west, and back over the M90. Follow the B919 to where a dirt track to the left takes you to the quiet high road to Strathmiglo.
Take the A912 right for approximately 2km until a minor road to the left can be taken to Dunshalt.
The minor road from Dunshalt takes you over the Howe of Fife to the B937, where turning left brings you back to the start of the route.
|Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?|
|Birnie and Gaddon Lochs nature reserve. Macduff's Cross with views of the Tay. Lochmill Loch and views of the Highlands. Views of Balvaid Castle. Views of the Lomond Hills
|Cycling Clubs located in this region|
|Fife Cycling 2000|