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St Margaret's Way - The Elbow


42 km / 26 miles
This extension of St Margaretís Way starts at Earlsferry, where pre-Reformation pilgrims landed on their way to St Andrews. Instead of going directly North and inland, St Margaretís Elbow continues east round the coast on the Fife Coastal path through ancient fishing villages along beaches and over rocks until the spires of St Andrews come into view over miles of rolling fairways. The path continues up through the harbour into the precincts of the ruined cathedral.

Some great geology along the way, including boulders dumped by melting glaciers and the footprints left by animals 330 million years ago. Pubs etc as far as Crail and great opportunities for wild camping.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Average Gradients
Start: NO469005 - Shell Bay, near Elie, Fife View on StreetMap
Finish: St Andrews, Fife
Web Sites: Way of St Andrews - St Margaret's Way


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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42.6 km (26.5 miles)
453 m (1,486 ft) ascent
38 m (125 ft)  maximum height

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