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MUCKHART
CIRCULAR

   
DISTANCE 11 KM
   
GRADE MEDIUM
   
UPDATED December 2000

 

Route Varies between well surfaced to downright filthy Distance 11 km Start Somewhere in Crook of Devon Directions From Kinross and Motorway, A977 towards Kincardine Bridge, 5 miles Parking Anywhere so as to cause inconvenience or obstruction to others. Hazards The biological content of the mud is very suspect.

Naemoor Road
Starting from Crook of Devon, take the Naemoor Road, passing close to the Devon before coming to a T-junction. Turn left and then immediate right. Muckhart Mill path to Dollar The start of the Muckhart Mill path is sign posted with a Scottish Rights of Way notice. Follow the track to the top then down to a T-junction. Caution – near a cottage, about half way down is a drainage channel which is cut across the track. At the T-junction turn right and follow the road alongside the wall and through the farm, continue passing a track which joins from the right and descend to Muckhart Mill. Caution – two wide and deep drainage channels are cut across the track at the Mill. Notice – the disused lime kiln on the left just before the mill. Climb the hill and to a cross roads.
Cowden Farm Path to Muckhart
Unless you are into riding through mud and manure I would strongly suggest avoiding this path which runs between Cowden and Leys Farms. There is also question on the validity of the “Bull in field” notices at Cowden farm. The return journey can be made on the Cowden Farm track, the route has merits; a scenic route, a dubious warning notice, a ford and lots of unhygienic mud.
A91 link route
A good alternative to the mire is to ride north up to the A91 and turn right towards Muckhart, then next right towards Rumbling Bridge, picking the route up just before the school. The main drawback with the A91 is the traffic and restricted visibility at a set of Z-bends just before the turn off to Rumbling Bridge. After turning off the A91, turn left just before the primary school.
Leys Farm to Muckhart path.
The path continues alongside the golf course, before emerging amongst some houses, continue along the road until reaching the village hall. Turn right onto Drumburn Road. Just over the hill is a turning on the left, turn left and continue along the road before turning slightly rightwards, following the line of the deer fence.
Drumburn Road path.
An alternative is to continue straight on along Drumburn Road, the path will eventually lead to the golf club house, before emerging onto the road which leads down from the A91. Turning left will lead to a T-junction with the A823 Road, turn right and then first left leading back onto Naemoor Road and then Crook of Devon. Muckhart to Naemoor Farm path. Continue along the line of the deer fence to a set of gates, go through the gate and continue straight on along the farm road to the A823 road. (Turning left at the gates will lead up the slight incline back to the A91 just outside Muckhart.) At the A823, cross straight over and continue along the road towards Mosspark, follow the road around to the left, passing a collection of houses, (the last house is of an unusual design) then continue along the path up to a junction with another road, turn left and follow this road back towards the A823, just before the A823, turn sharp right and continue along the Naemoor Farm road. Follow the road till nearly at the farm, where a signpost will direct you through a small gate and alongside a small burn. Watch out for a boggy bit of the path, which seems to consist of run-off from the farm and may be unhygienic ... turn sharp left, along a board walk, before emerging through another small gate onto a farm road. Turn right and follow this road down towards a small wood.
Naemoor Farm to Lendrick Muir path.
The paths split at the small wood, the rightmost path will lead down to the Naemoor Road, turning left will lead back to Crook of Devon. Naemoor Farm to Crook of Devon path. Turning left at the small wood will lead to another gate, the area around the gate is very muddy. A dilapidated style is to the left of the gate. Continue along the farm track through the field down the River Devon. Turn right and follow the fence line to another gate, climb over the gate and follow the river downstream. It is prudent, in places, to keep to the high ground, the path will follow the tree line before turning right, through another gate and into a deer fence lined corridor. Follow the path, past the houses and onto the Naemoor Road, turn left and back to Crook of Devon.

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