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Largoward, Peat Inn, Pitscottie, Cupar
These pictures were taken on a windy, sunny day towards the end of October 2015.
An account of the walk can be seen here. (PDF file)
Approaching Largoward on the road (A915) from Higham Toll and St Andrews
Largoward Village Hall at one end of the village and at the other end the approach to the junction with the B941 (Kilconquhar to Peat Inn) road
The first milestone is south of the crossroads (left, towards Kilconquhar). The Gazetteer says the cap is missing, but it has since been re-instated, and as usual in such cases the lettering is block capitals rather than cursive.
The distance to St Andrews (8¼ miles) must be the distance if you go straight on and through Peat Inn, turning off at Crossgates, rather than if you turn right at the crossroads and go back through Lathones and Higham.
Looking south along the Kilconquhar road
Looking north towards the staggered crossroads, with the road to Peat Inn going up behind the Staghead Inn
Meeting the St Andrews Road with a typical jumble of signage
Recent drainage work on the road above Largoward
The milestone at South Bowhill Farm
The junction with the road to New Gilston
Approaching Peat Inn, and deliveries to The Peat Inn
At Peat Inn the road merges with the B940 (Crail to Cupar road). The milestone is opposite the inn, close to the junction.
Two missing milestones
The next two milestones are missing. The Gazetteer says the first was at Bankhead, and the second Broomfield. I saw Bankhead and could see roughly where the stone must have been, but I couldn't find anywhere called Broomfield, either on the map or on the ground.
According to the Gazetteer the first missing stone gave the distance to Newport (13½ miles) instead of St Andrews, the road to St Andrews having turned off at Crossgates, outside Peat Inn. It also gave the distance from Peat Inn (1 mile) rather than Colinsburgh.
On the way to Bankhead: a gas pipe-line marker and a view north to West Mains
It's possible that the Bankhead milestone was lost during drainage works and the construction of the ditch.
Signs and VR post box at Baldinnie. The Place-Names of Fife doesn't offer an explanation of Percy Baldinnie, so perhaps Percy is a personal name, but if so who was he, and when did he live?
The second missing milestone was probably a little beyond the junction with the road to Ceres. According to the Gazetteer it gave the distance to Osnaburgh (4⅜ miles) instead of Ceres.
The farm sign disagrees with the spelling Kinninmonth which is given on the map and in The Place-Names of Fife.
The Kinninmonth milestone is almost completely hidden by grass and weeds.
The road crosses the B939 (St Andrews to Craigrothie) at Pitscottie.
The milestone is at Easter Pitscottie.
Having passed the turning to Osnaburgh we now have the distance to Newburgh (through Cupar). In the other direction we have the distance to St Andrews along the B939.
Views back (south) and ahead (north) from the milestone at Pitscottie
The gateway and lodge at Dura House
The milestone is beside Cairngreen Wood, beyond Dura Mains.
View of Cupar and the Hopetoun Monument beyond
Tarvit Home Farm, one mile from Cupar
Turning to Kemback
Flower on the road down to Tarvit Home Farm. I hadn't been able to photograph the flowers earlier on because the wind was too strong.
Coming into Cupar