For many years this was Britain's only via ferrata, and it's still our only free one. With its pleasant coastal setting and enjoyably non-taxing assisted clambering, the Elie Chain Walk is a unique mini day out. It's the perfect bite-sized adventure for families, or just something a bit different to do when there's poor weather in the hills. NB. Do watch the tide, as you'll get wet in some places at high water and could even be cut off by rising tides if there's a big sea running. The best source of info is the EasyTide service http://easytide.ukho.gov.uk/EasyTide/EasyTide/SelectPort.aspx - Elie is about halfway between Methil and Anstruther East. There's a window about two hours either side of low water to do this route dry-shod.
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Distance: 3.49 miles (5.62 km)
Total ascent: 150m
Time: 2 – 3 hours (Walking)
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Car park near Shell Bay caravan park, NO469005
Easy rocky clambering along a rugged stretch of coastline - probably not best suited to the very smallest kids, but otherwise quite child friendly. The terrain very roughly approximates to a grade 2 scramble, though the addition of chains and carved footholds makes it a slightly different game. Despite the chains it'd be possible to take a nasty fall in places. The Chain Walk runs along the base of a crumbling cliff that offers few escape options; the best way out is to continue to the end. Note the info on tides.
For bus access from Leven or St Andrews start the walk from Elie/Earlsferry
Kingdom of Fife, 40 Coast and Country Walks, Dan Bailey, Pocket Mountains http://www.pocketmountains.com/store/product/3_easy-walks/18_kingdom-of-fife/
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Anstruther (01333 311073); Crail (01333 450869); St Andrews (01334 472 021)
by Dan Bailey UKH