Lower Largo and the Serpentine Walk

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Section One: The Village

NO4102 : Roundabout in Lundin Links by Bill Kasman
This roundabout, at the junction of Emsdorf Road (left) and Drummochy Road (ahead, and behind the camera) stands at the top of a hill and leads down to Lower Largo (ahead).
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NO4102 : Drummochy Road by Bill Kasman
Drummochy Road leads from Lundin Links to Lower Largo. The building dead ahead is the Crusoe Hotel.
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NO4102 : Old river ford, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
This ramp, leading down to the Keil Burn near the bottom of Drummochy Road, was once a ford over the burn. It was 1914 before a vehicular bridge over the Keil Burn at Lower Largo harbour was built. Before that a wooden footbridge allowed pedestrians to cross the burn dry-shod but wagons and carts still had to ford the burn (tide permitting) - down the ramp, turn left, proceed under the footbridge (and the viaduct once it had been built) to a point some distance upstream to where Seatoun Place is now situated to gain the opposite bank NO4102 : Old river ford, Lower Largo
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NO4102 : Old river ford, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
This ramp, leading down to the Keil Burn near the bottom of Drummochy Road, was once a ford over the burn. It was 1914 before a vehicular bridge over the Keil Burn at Lower Largo harbour was built. Before that a wooden footbridge allowed pedestrians to cross the burn dry-shod but wagons and carts still had to ford the burn (tide permitting) - down the ramp, turn left (right in this image), proceed under the footbridge (and the railway viaduct once it had been built) to a point some distance upstream to where Seatoun Place is now situated to gain the opposite bank. After the vehicle bridge was built the ford fell into disuse but the ramp was still used as boat access to the harbour, hence the concrete surface which is not original. There is no trace left of the Seatoun Place end of the ford.
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NO4102 : Road junction, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
This is the junction of Harbour Wynd (right) and Drummochy Road, which lies straight ahead over the bridge (which spans the Keil Burn), and leads to Lundin Links. The Crusoe Hotel and entrance to its car park are on the left. The yellow bicycle is part of Lower Largo's summer flower display.
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NO4102 : Corner shop, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
This small general store is situated at the bottom of Harbour Wynd where it joins Main Street (right). The building on the left is the Railway Inn, a listed building NO4102 : The Railway Inn, Lower Largo. The short vehicular cul-de-sac of Station Wynd lies between the two but a pedestrian footpath continues on from there to join with a path which leads up to the rough car park which was the location of the former Lower Largo railway station NO4102 : Rough car park, Lower Largo.
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NO4102 : Railway Viaduct, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
This long-disused railway viaduct used to carry the Fife Coast Railway. It spans the Keil Burn and Harbour Wynd. The houses are in Seatoun Place NO4102 : Seatoun Place, Lower Largo.
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NO4102 : Demolition site, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
A few hundred metres up Harbour Wynd from the Crusoe Hotel this pile of rubble is the last remnants of Lower Largo Gas Works. It has been demolished to make way for new housing.
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NO4102 : Railway Viaduct, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
Looking over the Keil Burn from Harbour Wynd. The house framed by the middle arch is Harbour House.
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NO4102 : Bridge over Keil Burn, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
This bridge carries Drummochy Road over the Keil Burn.
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NO4102 : It's a mystery! by Bill Kasman
The purpose of this hatch/cover on the Keil Burn, Lower Largo, is a mystery to me. It's about 18" in diameter and is obviously quite old. It has a short length of wire attached which, I presume, is used to lift the cover. I'm guessing it's something to do with drainage.
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NO4202 : Public toilets by Bill Kasman
In Temple car park off Main Street, Lower Largo can be found these public toilets. The toilets are the small building. The larger building is Cardy Net House, a self-catering holiday let.
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NO4202 : Boats in car park! by Bill Kasman
These small boats are in Temple car park off Main Street, Lower Largo. Some of them look like they have been there for quite a while and are in fact causing an issue in the village NO4102 : Notice in Lower Largo. The house is Cardy House and the Fife Coastal Path runs behind it and along a raised bank partially hidden by the trees.
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NO4102 : Track to Drum Park, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
As Drummochy Road starts downhill from Lundin Links towards Lower Largo (left) a rough track follows this wall towards the sea. It connects to Drum Park and could be used as an alternative access to that road. The Fife Coastal Path is also at the bottom of this track.
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NO4102 : Drum Park, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
Drum Park takes a sharp bend to the right at the signpost and continues as a rough track to join Drummochy Road NO4102 : Track to Drum Park, Lower Largo Drum Park is part of the Fife Coastal Path which continues ahead from the bend.
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NO4102 : Drum Park, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
This narrow and inconspicuous road gives vehicular access to several properties. It also forms part of the Fife Coastal Path. Until fairly recent times this road was referred to by local people as 'The Pans' leading, as it did, to the salt pans which used to be in operation on this part of the shore and of which no trace remains.
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NO4102 : Road junction, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
The main road is Drummochy Road. Drum Park is the narrow lane running past the white car.
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NO4102 : Ornamental garden gates by Bill Kasman
These two ornamental garden gates by local artist Alan Faulds lead to the back gardens of two properties in Drum Park, Lower Largo. This type of colourful garden gate, often showing scenes of the village or its maritime and fishing history, is typical of the village.
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NO4102 : Road junction, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
Harbour Wynd runs downhill to the right towards the Crusoe Hotel. The turning to the left is Station Park. The road between the two is that stretch of Station Park which leads to a rough car park which was previously the site of Lower Largo railway station, and also gives vehicular access to the recently-built property named 'Belmont House'. The car park is also the location of recycling bins.
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NO4102 : Station Park, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
The junction of Station Park (ahead) with Harbour Wynd.
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NO4102 : Station Park, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
This part of Station Park leads to a rough car park which was previously the site of Lower Largo railway station, recycling bins and the Fife Coastal Path heading east. The turning to the right leads to the rear of 'Belmont House' and also to the now-disused railway viaduct.
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NO4102 : Sign for private house by Bill Kasman
'Belmont House' (to the right) is a recently-built property in Lower Largo. It takes its name from an hotel which used to occupy the site and was destroyed by fire in 1926. Left leads to a rough car park which was the site of the former Lower Largo railway station, a recycling point and the Fife Coastal Path.
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NO4102 : Railway Viaduct, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
The long-disused railway viaduct is protected by gates. This is the only side of the viaduct which is accessible today - the other side being heavily overgrown with thick vegetation and impossible to reach (I've tried!). The white gates to the left are those of 'Belmont House', a recently-built property which takes its name from an hotel which used to occupy the site.
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NO4102 : Rough car park, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
This rough car park was the site of the former Lower Largo Railway Station. It is now the location of recycling bins and is part of the Fife Coastal Path which runs straight ahead.
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NO4102 : Fife Coastal Path by Bill Kasman
From the eastern end of the rough car park in this image NO4102 : Rough car park, Lower Largo the Fife Coastal Path continues.
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NO4102 : Path from car park, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
This path is Station Wynd. It runs from the rough car park in this image NO4102 : Rough car park, Lower Largo and reaches Main Street by three different routes!
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NO4102 : Path from car park, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
This path runs from the rough car park in this image NO4102 : Rough car park, Lower Largo to Station Park.
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NO4102 : Rough car park, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
This rough car park is the site of the former Lower Largo railway station.
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NO4102 : Fife Coastal Path by Bill Kasman
The Fife Coastal Path continues after leaving the rough car park in this image NO4102 : Rough car park, Lower Largo
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NO4202 : Main Street, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
Durham Wynd is the turning to the left. It leads to the A915. The turning to the right is the location of Largo Baptist Church and is also where Largo Bay Sailing Club 'park' some of there boats.
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NO4202 : Ornamental garden gate by Bill Kasman
This colourful garden gate by local artist Alan Faulds is typical of Lower Largo. There are several examples in the village. This one is called 'Orrie Gate'.
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NO4202 : Ornamental garden gate by Bill Kasman
This ornamental garden gate by local artist Alan Faulds is typical of Lower Largo. There are several examples in the village. This one is called 'Beach Gate'.
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NO4102 : Lower Largo beach by Bill Kasman
Lower Largo beach is predominantly shingle. The steps provide access from a beachfront property. Many such properties in the village have their own access to the beach.
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NO4202 : Durham Wynd, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
The path from the rough car park in this image NO4102 : Fife Coastal Path crosses Durham Wynd (at the lamp post). This path can be considered as part of the Fife Coastal Path which follows the line of the old Fife Coast Railway.
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NO4202 : Fife Coastal Path by Bill Kasman
The path crosses Durham Wynd. Unlikely as it may seem this was the route of the former Fife Coast Railway.
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NO4202 : Fife Coastal Path, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
The path continues east from where it crosses Durham Wynd NO4202 : Fife Coastal Path
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NO4202 : Road junction, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
Bourtree Brae joins Durham Wynd which runs downhill to Main Street.
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NO4202 : Path from car park, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
From the Temple car park these steps climb up to the path which comes from the location of the former railway station NO4102 : Rough car park, Lower Largo. This is part of the Fife Coastal Path. The lane to the left of the steps runs past Cardy House and joins Main Street.
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NO4202 : Fife Coastal Path by Bill Kasman
At the bottom of the steps in this image NO4202 : Path from car park, Lower Largo this plaque points the way.
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NO4202 : Main Street, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
Main Street takes a sharp right turn ahead. The house at the turn is Cardy Cottage and immediately to its left is a footpath which leads to Temple car park. The two white pillars mark the pedestrian entrance to Cardy House which is also served by the stone sett roadway on the left. This roadway also leads to a path which connects to the Fife Coastal Path above Cardy House NO4202 : Fife Coastal Path.
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NO4202 : Main Street, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
Next to Cardy Cottage in Main Street is this gate which was once the entrance to Cardy Net House.
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NO4202 : Main Street, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
Cardy Cottage is on the left. The two white pillars are interesting NO4202 : Main Street, Lower Largo The entrance to Cardy Net House NO4202 : The Cardy Net Works building, Lower Largo is on the left just before the road takes a sharp turn leftwards. The white house on the right is Marine Villa, a private residence.
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NO4202 : Lower Largo beach by Bill Kasman
Lower Largo beach is mainly shingle with sandy stretches here and there.
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NO4202 : Memorial plaque, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
Not a memorial plaque as such but this metal plate inset into the road verge close to Cardy Net House NO4202 : Cardy Net House, Lower Largo refers to Alexander Williamson, a local businessman who ran a thriving business in Lower Largo and did much work on prominent buildings in the village. In the 1881 census Mr Williamson is described as "Slater and Plasterer Master Employing 6 Men". He died in 1934 at the age of 86.
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NO4202 : Cardy Net House, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
Seen from the beach Cardy Net House, once a net-making factory LinkExternal link is now self-catering holiday accommodation. Temple car park is immediately to the right of the house.
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NO4202 : Main Street, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
Seen from outside Cardy Net House NO4202 : Cardy Net House, Lower Largo Temple car park is on the left.
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NO4202 : Water treatment facility, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
Between Main Street and the beach, opposite Temple car park, this is part of Lower Largo's waste water treatment facilities. The metal hatches cover pumping machinery.
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NO4202 : Information board by Bill Kasman
Sited in Temple car park, Lower Largo this information board shows the route of the Fife Coastal Path. Eastwards it follows the line of the previous Fife Coast Railway.
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NO4202 : Temple car park, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
The house in centre frame is Cardy House. The long, low building is Cardy Net House NO4202 : Cardy Net House, Lower Largo with the public toilet building in front of it. In the mid-1800s Temple car park was the site of a school.
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NO4202 : Fife Coastal Path, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
The Fife Coastal Path follows the line of the previous Fife Coast Railway. It passes behind Cardy House (shown here) and runs above Temple car park NO4202 : Temple car park, Lower Largo Cardy House must have shook to its foundations every time a train went past!
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NO4202 : Fife Coastal Path sign, Lower Largo by Bill Kasman
The route of the Fife Coastal Path isn't set in stone. This signpost, on the route of the former Fife Coast Railway above Temple car park NO4202 : Temple car park, Lower Largo, points east (right) and south (behind the camera down steps to the car park) but the path also goes west (left) from here and can be accessed as far west as the now-disused railway viaduct NO4102 : Railway Viaduct, Lower Largo. This section of the path can also be missed out altogether and walkers can simply follow Main Street eastwards from the Crusoe Hotel or (tide permitting) can walk along the beach.
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NO4202 : A tight squeeze! by Bill Kasman
This is the route of the former Fife Coast Railway (now part of the Fife Coastal Path) through Lower Largo. This section is particularly narrow!
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