Kinghorn is one of those places which draws you into community life from the word go andsince Kinghorn Lifeboat Station is one of the main hubs of our world here I could not resist the May Day Challenge walk along The Fife Coastal Path. Being a bit out of condition I chose to do the nine miles route from East Wemyss back to Kinghorn rather than the full 14 miles from Leven. Saturday was not a sunny day here in the north east, unlike further south in the UK. For the first stretch from East Wemyss to Dysart and then on to the edge of Kirkcaldy through Ravenscraig Park we were sheltered by cliffs, overhangs, walls and caves as we passed entrances cleaved in the red rocks. The sun filtered through the mist and we enjoyed banks of bluebells and cowslips as well as the restless sea on our left.
The walk, accompanied by two delightful companions, relations of two of the lifeboat men, evoked strong memories of my first encounters on The Fife Coastal Path. I smiled to myself from time to time although I refrained from mentioning my experiences or my book. The focus of the day was the RNLI. We dawdled a bit for these first four miles, but once we reached the two mile concrete of Kirkcaldy sea front our pace quickened as wind and the occasional sea spray battered our faces.
We tarried little at our final checkpoint behind Morrison’s On Sea, as my husband affectionately calls our local supermarket. We strode faster still as we passed fellow walkers along the rugged path beside Seafield Tower and on towards Kinghorn. My companions had a drive north ahead of them and it was already 3.30pm.
The folks at the Wee Shoppe were there to welcome us home. It was lovely to have a hug, take celebratory photos by the lifeboat, enjoy a quick cup of tea and blether before finally walking home, the hardest half a mile of the day as my feet protested!
I only raised £110 for the good cause but was delighted that, all in all, the event raised over £6000 for the amazing works of The Kinghorn Lifeboat Station.
I had an easy day on Sunday ~ church, a toastie at The Wee Shoppe and then we called in at The Artline Tour at Kinghorn Station where local artists and craftspeople had an exhibition ~ part of many along the railway line in Fife.
Life is certainly never dull here in Fife. We love it!