Blairadam Forest Cycle Routes

22/08/03


Due to timber harvesting operations sections of the Blairadam Forest Cycle Routes have been closed as they run through the work site. Diversions have been put in place, look out for the signage along the route. Please be extra vigilant as there will be an increase in vehicle traffic, including timber lorries, compared to normal. If you have any questions regarding the timber harvesting operations, or the diversions put in place the please contact Colin Peacock of the Forestry Commission Ranger Service on 01555 661 190. The routes have been altered as follows.
Link routes.
Route unchanged but watch out for timber lorries travelling along part of the route.
Yellow route.
Route unchanged but watch out for timber lorries travelling along part of the route.
Blue Route.
The western loop is closed completely. Diverted along yellow route at points (A) and (B).
Purple route.
Diverted along yellow route at points (A) and (B). Diversion at (C) to reach northern loop. Follow temporary diversion signs."

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BLAIRADAM
FOREST

   
DISTANCE Various
   
GRADE MEDIUM to Hard
   
UPDATED September 2000

 

Kingdom of Fife Millennium Cycle Ways

Three routes,

Red Hardest and longest.
Blue Shorter than the Red route.
Yellow Shortest and easiest route.

The Kingdom of Fife Cycle route from Lochore runs through Blairadam to connect with the main cycle route to the west of Blairadam.

Mud!
These routes have all suffered in one way or another from recent forestry operations. Blairadam is great if you like mud, so unless the damaged roads are going to be resurfaced I would not recommend these routes for family groups, indeed all routes are uphill, the severity of the climbs never fails to knacker me!

The start.
All routes start at the south-east corner of the Forest. There are two ways to get there, one from the B914 Kelty to Saline Road and from Keltybridge. It is not recommended that you park at the start, at the time of writing there are four burnt out cars at the starting point. Best places are in Keltybridge or near the houses about half way down from the B914.

Yellow Route.
The route leads into the trees and takes the first left, after the bridge, into “the Glen,” then follows the burn uphill, passing a large brick block, which was once the support pillar for a railway bridge built to service the nearby pit. Towards the end, of the road turns away from the burn, climbing amongst the trees. The yellow route then connects with the Red and Blue routes at a T-junction. Turn right, onto the well surfaced path. Follow the path over Pierre's Burn Bridge, which has been closed to vehicular traffic by the erection of a set of crude, hideous barriers. On the far side of the bridge, the road surface is on the rough side, never having recovered from previous forestry operations. There is an almost overgrown track on the left which leads to the abandoned Lochgelly Town Council water filter beds. The road ends at a T-junction, the yellow route turns to the right, while the Red and Blue continues leftwards. The yellow route uses a grassed over road until it ends at a fire break, and then continues on a muddy track down hill to another T-junction. If you like a clean bike, shoes and clothes, you will be careful at this junction, the mud is expansive and deep, up to the wheel hubs - I know! The route turns left and joins the bed of the of railway mentioned earlier, towards the end of this part of the route is the site of the Blairenbathie Pit, a concrete foundation and a small coal bing are the only reminders of this pit. The next turn is not marked probably due to the pile of trees trunks awaiting collection, turn right, rejoin the Red and Blue routes and continue all the way down hill over the bridge and back to the starting point.

Blue Route.
Starting from the south-east corner of the forest it continues uphill, through a set of gates. The surface is tarred to start with though later on, it changes to a reasonable forest road. Near the top, the road crosses an open area which is believed to be the site of a coal mine. The old railway crossed the road at this point and has been recently been adopted as a footpath. Continue uphill, past a road on the left then look out for a widened “parking area” and the marker post on the right. Take the path on the right and continue over Pierre's Bridge to the T-junction, this time turn left. The surface of this track is hard, rough and in places trenched by water flows. The road emerges at a cross roads with a bewildering marker post, partly due to the number of route arrows and partly because it was lying on the ground, recently fallen over. Turn left, the road surface degenerates because of previous forestry operations and erosion. At one point the road is surfaced with bricks which is an unusual choice of material. At the top turn right, the road surface at this point is dire, deep muddy puddles and ruts awaits. At the end of this road is a T-junction, the Red route turns left and uphill while the Blue route turns right and down to the cross roads, this time turn left and follow the road down hill. The view has been improved since the tree felling, views of the three villages and Lochore Meadows can be had from here. Continue all the way down to the coal bing to connect with the unmarked Yellow route which leads down hill to the starting point.

Red Route.
From the point where the Blue route turns right to go down hill, the Red route goes left and uphill. Continue all the way uphill, the forestry roads have taken a heavy pounding, the cross roads at the top is surfaced in large uncomfortable stones, almost boulders. Cross straight over and past the radio mast, the route from the mast onwards becomes dire, care should be taken at this part of the route, deep ruts and muddy puddles await you. The route emerges out of the trees at another T-junction, turn left and up hill to the ruined cottage, turn left, and through the gate back into the trees. This used to be a good road, it again has suffered under the wheels of the lorries. Back at the cross roads, continue straight on following this road all the way to the bottom, then turn right and continue to an unusual three way junction, keep to the left and onto another muddy road. Follow this road, as it turns back on itself, before heading uphill. A short cut is available, for those wishing to avoid the muddy climb ahead, look for a gap in the trees, sometimes awash with water which crosses the road, turn left and follow this small “fire break” down to the next road then turn left, going downhill at the bing. Otherwise continue uphill, again the road has suffered mainly soft mud and shallow ruts. At the top, turn left and go down hill, joining with the Blue route, down to the cross roads, left and all the way down hill to the start.

The Kingdom Cycle Route
The route passes the starting point and follows the Red and Blue routes uphill, around a Forest Enterprise gate, past the turn off for the Red and Blue routes and all the way up to the next gate, take care here and at the next gate when going around it is easy to drop into a ditch. The main Kingdom Cycle route is ahead. Turning left will lead to Dunfermline while right will lead over the Cleish Hills to Kinross. Note the signpost diamonds should be Red and not the “local route” green diamonds.

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