In and Around Ceres

Last Friday I managed at long last to get in a walk.  My companion this time was Frank and we followed most of the route of walk No 15 from Hamish Brown’s 25 Fife Walks.  This one takes you from Cupar up over the hillside and down to Ceres.  You follow a circuitous route out of Ceres and end up back in Cupar.  It is a fine gentle walk with a little uphill work, just what we needed after a long lay-off.  Ceres itself is a delightful little village in the heart of North East Fife.  It is one of the very few Scottish villages that look a bit like an English one.  It even has its own village green.  The architecture is a bit different though, as all the old buildings were built with stone.  Ceres now boasts an interesting Folk Museum and is the home of Wemyss Pottery.  Here are some photos of the village.

                    

                    

                    

Before leaving Ceres to continue our walk, we passed this lovely stone bridge, here seen from two viewpoints.

                    

The walk now takes you away from Ceres, along the Waterless Road, the old road from Kennoway to St. Andrews.  In 1679, Archbishop James Sharp and his daughter Isabella travelled along this road en route home to St. Andrews.  He never made it as he was murdered by a band of Covenanters at Magus Muir, near Strathkinness.   The old road is now just an unpaved path which takes through the gentle farmlands of this part of Fife.  You cross the new Kennoway to St Andrews road and wander through more farmland before rejoining the outward path.  En route you pass some attractive sights including fine stone farm steadings, a ruined doocot, farm signposts, another stone bridge, snowdrops and some new born lambs, who were somewhat amused at the strange humans passing by.

                    

                    

                    

This is a lovely walk which takes you back in time through a relatively unchanged landscape.  We took about 3½ hours to complete the circuit.  In the summer you can extend the walk to take in Scotstarvit Tower and Hill of Tarvit House, both properties of the National Trust of Scotland.

 

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2 thoughts on “In and Around Ceres

  1. I’m so pleased to have found your blog and have just enjoyed my early coffee, reading back through a couple of months of your posts. (I’m going to follow you on Bloglovin, so it might not show on your stats).

    Bargello always strikes me as a very tactile form of needlepoint – perhaps it’s the sweep of the longer stitches that make me want to slide my fingers over it. And such complex designs. The flames you see in bargello were probably one of the first things that attracted me to needlepoint, although I’m more or less a tent stitch only girl these days.

    When we go on trips to National Trust or similar places, you can always find me poring over chairs and other odd and ends of needlepoint. Mostly I think the room guides think I’m a bit weird, but I had a lovely chat with a lady at Canons Ashby once – they have some glorious pieces there, but hardly anyone notices.

    I may well take up some of your reading suggestions. My favourite bedtime reading is a good whodunnit, but I’ve tended to stick to UK authors. Perhaps it’s time to branch out.

    Good luck with the diamonds – I look forward to seeing the finished piece.

    • Hi Mostly motley, and thanks for your comments. It is always great to know at least someone has read a post. Like you I enjoy nosing around National Trust properties on the look out for any signs of Bargello. The Fused Diamonds is now finished, at least stitching wise. Hope you like it.

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