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Cardenden

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Wooded ravine with an ancient tower and a meandering burn

It's easy to forget a busy dual-carriageway passes through the woodland of Cardenden. On the west side, the wide, winding and very picturesque glen ensures only water, wind and wildlife are the soundtrack for much of its length. On the east side, the surprisingly long network of paths will lead you through trees that are home to roe deer and other animals.

If you have an interest in the grisly side of history, keep an eye out for the site of Scotland’s last duel, a fatal meeting between a banker and a merchant in 1826.

Guide map to Cardenden (PDF 2.2MB)

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Cycling
Cycling
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Horse riding
Horse riding

The nearest public toilets are in Cardenden and Kirkcaldy.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park at this woodland. Please park with care and consideration, and do not block pedestrian and vehicles access points.

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Getting here

The wood lies to the south of the village of Cardenden in Fife. A footpath at the east end of Carden Avenue, opposite the Corrie Centre, leads directly to the wood. Alternatively, a farm track at the west end of Carden Avenue, just round the corner from the primary school, provides quicker access to the glen and south to Carden Tower.

There is no car park, but plenty of onstreet parking on Carden Avenue and surrounding roads.

Using SatNav?

KY5 0EL is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There is a railway station in Cardenden on the Edinburgh to Glenrothes line, and regular buses run between the village and Kirkaldy. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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0300 067 6600 (option 1)
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Facilities and activities
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Walking
Viewpoint
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Facilities and activities
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Parking
Cycling
Cycling
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Horse riding
Horse riding
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