Fife Coastal Path: Pittenweem to St Monans

Pittenweem is a delightful, sandstone-y village of on the south coast of Fife.

While staying here in early September, I walked a short section of the Fife Coastal Path. I’m determined to sample as many long-distance walks as possible while we’re in the UK: I rambled along a little of the Cateran Trail in Perthshire in late August, walked the Mendip Way in mid-September, and the northern half of the West Highland Way in October.

Pittenweem to St Monans is a short and very gentle gravel path section of the Fife Coastal Path offering beautiful views of the sea. I covered the 1 1/4 miles (one way) in half an hour. The day was beautiful with blue skies.

Pittenween has a working harbour (you can bet any seafood you have around here is fresh as it gets.)

In the UK you can always count on some good signage to assure you that you’re on the right track.

The views on the way to St Monans do not disappoint. I’m also fascinated by the tilted sedimentary beds that stick up out of the water creating parallel ridges and line almost the whole coast of Fife. They are visible at many places along the Coastal Path and in St Andrews.

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Just east of St Monans are remains of salt panning industry which was important here in the late 18th century when salt (along with fish and wool) was one of Scotland’s top exports. The windmill pumped water into the salt pans which were then heated with fires burning local coal.

Walking through St Monans to the west side of the village affords beautiful views of the old church and cemetery.

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The walk back to Pittenweem provides a lovely view of the town.

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This mer-lady greets tired walkers as they arrive in Pittenweem.

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Fancy more posts about long-distance walking? I walked the northern half of the West Highland Way in October 2018.

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