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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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.
As always, the route was well signposted.
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
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.