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DUNFERMLINE to CLACKMANNAN

  • Annual visit: TBA
  • Time: Arrive TBA
  • Weather Dependent

Cycle Route

The Rollerstroll visits the Dunfermline to Clackmannan skater friendly, off the road, cycle route which is only a short distance from Edinburgh (18 miles), Falkirk (19), Stirling (25), Perth (30), Glasgow (38) , and a bit further away Dundee (50), Montrose (77 miles). Find the skates, check the wheels, sort the pads, dust the helmet and lets get rolling. 

 

Is the cycle path easy to skate?

Yes, easy straight line skating on mostly smooth surfaces, slight downhill gradient towards Clackmannan for relaxed skating at your own pace. No nasty turns or very steep hills but you do need to use your heel-brake from time to time plus there are a few stretches of rough, gritty surface. Avoid cattle grids, use gates and please make sure they are properly closed before skating on.

 

Dun to Clack 1
Mark Poustie photo

Coming back you will, with luck, have the prevailing Westerly wind in your favour. Skate in one direction as far as you want then turn and come back to the starting point in Dunfermline. Don't overdo it if this is your first long distance stroll.

Bring a friend or the family for a picnic day out. If they won't skate then walk, jog, run, ramble, scoot, cycle or horse ride.

 

Where do we park?

Dun to Clack 3
Mark Poustie photo

At the start of Cycle Route 76 "off the road" section on the West side of Dunfermline situated at the recycling cul-de-sac  off William Street (A907) up and over the hill near the Rumblingwell (A907) end of William Street. It is sign posted but you need to keep a sharp lookout. (Nearest post code KY12 8BG) Make sure all valuables are safely out of sight before leaving your car.

 

On a rare occasion, when there is a strong easterly wind blowing we reverse the stroll and start at the Clackmannan end of the cycle path. The starting point is at the bridge on the B910, nearest reference point is the poultry farm, post code FK10 3PU. The decision to swap ends is taken when we meet up at Dunfermline.

 

F.A.Q.

  • How much will the skate day cost? The skate is FREE the only charge is for hiring skates. (see below)
  • Can all skaters take part? Yes, with the exception of "First Time" Beginners. If you have no previous experience of skating take lessons first. Some stopping ability is necessary on the undulating parts of the route.
  • Will it matter if I arrive late? Not at all come when you like. This is a return to the start point skate so you will eventually meet up with other skaters
  • How far should I skate? Any distance you like. It is up to you to decide on the day how far you want to go. The full distance is 20 miles which is not recommended if a strong East wind is blowing.
  • How long is the skate going to last? As long as you want. Make your own time depending on how you feel.
  • Will I hold everybody back? Think touring. Just skate at your own pace, no pressure to go faster than you want. We meet up eventually. As a guide you should be capable of skating about 8mph.
  • Can I hire skates? Yes you can but you need to order skates at least two days before the event. 07733 276 902 is the number to call. Special Dunfermline day charge of £5 includes safety pads but not a helmet.
  • Do I need to wear a helmet? Falls do occur. Safety pads and a helmet are recommended. You skate without them at your own risk. Not got a helmet? Buy a skate helmet on the day if you order beforehand. 
  • Can "Quads" come along? Yes of course. Roller Skaters are most welcome to join Inline Skaters on any of the Great Skate Days Out.
  • Travelling by train/bus? The station is in the centre of town. There is a choice of buses from the bus station at James Street to the Rumblingwell part of William Street. Check timetable for Sunday schedules.
  • Travelling by car? Watch out for anti-speed camera vans that favour the long straight single carriageways around Dunfermline. Best keep to the speed limit!
  • I'm not coming by car is there anywhere to leave my backpack? Yes, you can leave your backpack/shoes/etc., in Don's van while you skate don't forget to collect your belongings before you leave for home otherwise you will have to pick them up at Glasgow!
  • I'm coming alone can I get help on the day? This is not a skate lesson but Don Morton will be there to give help and advice with any (skate) problems on the day.
  • Can I buy drinks at the start point? There is a small corner shop a few hundred yards along Rumblingwell, walk left at the traffic lights from William Street.
  • Any toilet facilities nearby? Not at the starting point. The nearest public toilets are situated in the Glen Pavilion in Pittencrieff Park, at the bottom of William Street they close about 4.30pm also at the Kingsgate Shopping Centre.
  • Will I be exhausted at the finish? Most probably yes! Why not repair to the Thistle Tavern just a few yards round the corner in Baldridgeburn. Usual Scottish pub delights on offer include Sky Football, Karaoke, Quiz nights!! Well what did you expect a violin concerto.
  • What if it is raining? We don't skate in the rain. If it is one of those Scottish weather days that looks as if it might/might not rain and you are not sure whether to travel call 07733 276 902 before setting out. If it is a definite cancel it will be posted on the EVENTS page of TrySkating on Sunday morning.

Did we forget something? (we usually do)

  • Got a question we haven't thought about?
  • Need some more help or advice?
  • Then please do not hesitate to ask.
  • Email or text/call 07733 276 902.

WE SHARE THE PATH!

We are skating on a cycle route. The more serious cyclists, generally recognisable by their Lycra outfits, treat the route as their own. They do not take kindly to skaters blocking the pathway. When cyclists approach we keep to the LHS to avoid causing an obstruction and prevent any reason for complaint.

Pedestrians/Children are apprehensive when they see a group of skaters approaching (one can only imagine what they feel like when they see cyclists speeding towards them) please make sure you slow down and pass leaving as much room as possible. We want skaters to be recognised by the public for their consideration to other path users.

Animals, particularly dogs roam the pathway because owners take this opportunity to let their dogs off the leash. Dogs (and horses) are easily startled if it is the first time they have encountered skaters. Apparently animal owners consider it the responsibility of the skater to pass in an appropriate manner. While this is a moot point we accept the constraint for the good of the sport.

FINALLY

Please don't upset the locals even if they annoy you, remember they live there and we want to be welcomed back in the future. Respect the countryside and please make sure you do not leave any litter lying about.

Don't forget skating is a balancing activity. You skate at your own risk. Wear your safety pads and a helmet at all times, you have a duty of care to yourself as well as to others.