Dean Plantation

Distance: 3.6 miles / 5.8 km

Ascent: 425 feet / 130m

Start / finish area: Crossford

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This short 3.6 mile walk explores the Forestry Commission managed Dean Plantation to the west of Dunfermline. The area of Pitfirrane Dean Burn is a sea of bluebells in May. It’s probably best to visit during a dry spell as many of the paths can be rather muddy and there is a burn that needs to be crossed. Walking boots are recommended unless it is especially dry.

There is a limited amount of parking at the forest entrance on Lundin Road at grid reference NT 061 880 where the walk starts.

At the green barrier gate across the entrance of the forest, go left onto a dirt path before the barrier. This section can be rather muddy after heavy rain but it does soon dry out a bit. Keep right at the Y junction and go straight on at the X roads, then keep straight on (right) so that you are above the ravine of the burn. Keep the burn to your left and follow the path through an area of old beech trees keeping up high. In May look down onto the bluebells. You will join the main forest track at an area of conifers. Turn left but before you reach the bridge with the barriers turn left again onto another dirt path.

This next path takes you alongside the burn now at a lower level. The burn is to your right and to your left is the steep bank where you were walking earlier. The path will cross the burn 4 times and after a period of rain this may entail wet feet. The final 5th river crossing is at the very edge of the forest where the burn is channelled through a pipeline, thus keeping your feet dry! If you’ve crossed the burn 5 times you should now be on the right hand side.

Go up the steps to your right and follow the path westwards along the southern edge of the forest. This path stays close to the edge of the woods and benefits from the sun and so is considerably drier than the previous paths. There are also views south over the open fields in between the trees. Keep to this path ignoring any side paths going off to your right. After about 2km you will reach the end of the forest and emerge on to a quiet road with a farm to your left.

Turn right on to this road and enjoy the open views for about 500m to reach the junction with the Alloa to Dunfermline Cycle Track where the road turns to the right. Leave the road to join the cycle track turning right towards Dunfermline. After 600m when an electricity line crosses the cycle track (not the main pylon line to the left) is a steepish dirt path going down the embankment to a field. Pick your way down this path and along the field edge to return to the Dean Plantation.

Turn left when you enter the forest to pick up another sometimes muddy path. This path follows the northern edge of the forest although not close enough to the edge to afford views. The path will join with the main forest track close to a gas installation. Turn left onto the track and follow it to the area of the bridge with the armco barrier.

Just before the barrier is another dirt path on your left which leads to a small wooden bridge across the burn. Stay on this path which again hugs the northern edge of the forest before joining a forest track at a Scottish Water installation. Follow the track until it joins the main forest track, turn left and walk back along the track to the green barrier at the forest entrance.

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