Walk 7 - Tay Bridge to Newburgh

Walk 7. The final one. The last walk of the Fife Coastal Path trek. I planned the trip the week before, deciding to allow for a later start since I had to drive to Newburgh, and it then requires two buses to get to the Tay Bridge to pick up where Walk 6 ended. I planned on getting a bus at 0929. On the night before the walk I decided to plan for an earlier start - leaving Newburgh at 0825. I arrived in Newburgh at about 0815 and was still maybe thinking my bus was at half past so was taking my time. I parked at the carpark right at the end of the walk. This had an archway matching the starting point one in Kincardine, a nice symmetry I had not anticipated. After changing into my boots I started to walk to the nearest bus stop, at which point a bus flew past me. I just snatched a glance at the number - 94A. That was my bus! Running a few minutes early! Now, I'm guessing there's not a lot to do in Newburgh at half eight on a Saturday morning, so I was bit put out. I quickly consulted my phone for an accurate time check and rechecked my note of the bus time - even allowing for it being due at twenty-five past rather than the mis-remembered half past it was early. I figured the main stop in Newburgh would be a timed stop and started running, which must have been an odd sitght for anyone out and about, with my walking boots, jacket, rucksack, pounding along the street. As I rounded the curve I could see the stationary bus with someone at the door and as I drew closer realised it was the driver having a smoke. Slowing to a brisk walk, I reached the bus before he finished smoking and was soon on my way to Balmullo for my connection. Whew.

As planned, I changed buses at Balmullo, and had an opportunity to see how a bus driver's day can go. On the outskirts of one of the villages an elderly lady gets on and hands over her bus pass. Driver: where are you going? Lady: The toun. Driver (after slight pause, thinking the village hardly qualified for "toun" but willing to go along with the passenger): the town centre here? Lady: Naw, the toun. Driver: we go to Tayport and Newport - which do you want?. Lady (sounding slightly baffled): The toun! Driver (suddenly inspired): Do you want to go to Dundee? Lady: Aye, the toun! Driver: This bus does not go to Dundee. Lady takes back her bus pass and exits the bus. All in a day's work for a bus driver, I suppose.

Getting off the bus shortly before Newport, I arrived at the bridge and started walking. Although I had only walked a few minutes when I came to the Kitschnbake, it was hours since I left home so I stopped for a coffee and cake. Perfect start to the walk.

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Distance Average Speed Time Taken
19.2 2.3 8:32
Canopied drinking fountain at Newport, presented to the town by a Mrs Blyth.

Canopied drinking fountain at Newport, presented to the town by a Mrs Blyth.

Day of the Butterflies

Something about the time of year and the location and the weather meant that I saw a lot of butterflies on this walk.

In fact it was a wonderful day for just enjoying the beauty of nature.

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As always, the route was well signposted.

Norman's Law

The second half of the walk is hardly coastal - it wanders inland and much of the time the Tay estuary cannot be seen. It is worth taking a detour up Norman's Law to get some super views, before continuing down towards Newburgh. I sheltered from the breeze at the trig point on top of the hill and had some sandwiches and a banana. I was looking forward to the end of the walk, and it was only a few miles to go.

Norman's Law Panorama

Norman's Law Panorama

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And so to Newburgh

The final stretch brings you back to the coast, and for me the sun was shining as I headed back into the village to find my car just beyond the archway marking the end of the coastal path.

The archway marking the end, matching the one in Kincardine

The archway marking the end, matching the one in Kincardine