Rugged Run – Devilla Forest (Iain)

Devilla Forest is just north east of the Kincardine Bridge. I’ve always been intrigued by the name. If it has ‘devil’ in the title it must be a pretty scary place – right?

Wrong! According to https://fife-placenames.glasgow.ac.uk/placename/?id=317 Devilla means “bad farm” because the land is bad for growing things. How boring. I’d have written he farm was bad because of devil worshiping. That would be a more exciting story.

The forest is slighly scary. It has a stone which a local legend says is marked by the grooves from a witches apron string. Do witches have aprons? I though aprons are just used by great British Bake Off contestants?!

Other than a dubious connections to baking witches there are four lochs, burns, meadowland and rich wildlife – including red squirrels. Lots of variety packed into a small area.

The route I choose was an eight mile loop from the car park. The routes is signposted but I’d advise taking a map or a GPS device with you. I took a couple of wrong turns and its easy to lose track of how to get back to the car park.

The paths were a mix of firetrack road and muddy trails. There isn’t much elevation on the route so its good for a flatter trail run.

It was pretty wet when I visited But I look forward to going back in better weather so I can see more of it. I might even spot a witch.

VIDEO

I’ll need to go back and film one!

MAPS

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

An interesting and varied route. Good running surfaces but I’ll need to go back on a nice day to fully explore it.

Parking

Rating: 3 out of 5.

There’s a car park that was pretty full even on a bad weather day. It might be pretty congested on a good day.

Facilities

Rating: 1 out of 5.

No facilities.

Nearest cafe

Rating: 1 out of 5.

I was too wet to be bothered looking for one. I’ll look next time.

Run Surface

100% off road

Dog Friendly

Yes – although mine jumped off a wall before realizing he couldn’t get back up again. I had to lift him back over the wall.

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