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|Cycle Route Details|
|Route Name||Cowdenbeath - Lochore - Cleish - Kelty - Cowdenbeath Loop|
|Distance : miles (km)||22.65 (36.45)|
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|At the North end of Cowdenbeath High Street we turned right at the junction into and right through Lumphinnans, into and through Lochgelly following the road to the right, Bank Street in Lochgelly. This part is downhill then you start to go uphill again near Lochgelly High School. We stayed on the road but the path ends here. If you have young childern there is a path on the opposite side of the road which is safe to use.
Up through Glengraig, keep going straight and then turn left at thround about into Lochore Meadows Country park just before Crosshill. Follow the road then you'll see a cycle / walking gravel path onto the left. We used this to take us to the loch.
We usually stop off here for a drink, check tyres etc then back on the bikes half way around the loch then dont take the small opening in the woods straight ahead, go left then right again and you come to a small tarmac path with a car park. Go through the car park and just follow the road ahead. There is a turn off to the left for going to the other side of the loch but we went right to come out just past Great North Road Kelty.
There's a sign Cowdenbeath to the left and Kinross to the right so we headed for Kinross. A long straight and fairly busy road but no problems.
About half a mile before Kinross take the left turning signposted for Cleish. Just a small tarmac path with some farm traffic and a few houses so not busy at all but already on a hill.
Follow this then you come to a road with a junction for Crook of Devon to the right and Cleish straight aahead. You can see the Cliesh hills ahead of you so follow the road straight ahead and your onto again tarmac farm roads.
And just head up the Cliesh hills. This is VERY tough! as fit as I am even at times I had to get off for a breather and a stretch and so did my son.
Lovely views over Kinross and Loch Leven. Decieving though, just as you think your at the top there's yet another hill!! not as steep but after coming almost all the way up your tired!
Eventually at the top there were lots of woods but we just followed the path around them, mainly on a downward slope which was good!
We came to alot of signs and intended on following the one for Townhill in Dunfermline for ease of getting home but seen a turn off into the woods for Kelty 3 miles away so we took a chance and followed that. This was at Loch Glow in or near Kelty.
The woods were very rough on the ground, quite stony so if you've no suspension on your bike your teeth will clatter!! There were other turn offs but getting dark we decided to head for home.
Halfway through the woods we came to an underpass which goes under the M90 motorway and still followed the path ahead until we came into Keltybridge village, the woods we'd cycled through were Blairadam Woods as there was a sign as we came out of them.
In Kelty Bridge we followed the signs ahead for Lochore Meadows again as we weren't sure what way to turn for Kelty although we now know the opposite!!
No worries though so we came out onto the B996 at Kelty passing Lochore meadows but stayed on the B996 and followed the road onto the A909 and came back onto Cowdenbeath High Street just after the Junction Bar again.
An excellent cycle but definatly not for young children or those with a low fitness level. There were loads of turn offs to take if you wanted and also at Loch Glow your spoilt for choice as there's cycle signs for everywhere! we just chose to head home as it was getting dark.
|Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?|
|Lochore Meadows Country Park visitor centre
|Cycling Clubs located in this region|
|Fife Cycling 2000|