A new Fife Pilgrim Way interpretation panel was recently unveiled in Cardenden. The panel came about as the result of a collaborative project between Cardenden Community Development Forum (CCDF) and Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT).
The panel, which is sited outside Cardenden Railway Station, was funded with the aid of a grant from Westfield Cardenden Community Fund and the remainder from money raised from the customers of Cardenden Community Shop run by CCDF.
The panel design is similar to that of the existing seven Fife Pilgrim Way Trailheads and incorporates information on historic events and famous figures from Cardenden. Content includes the last pistol duel in Scotland which took place near Cardenbarns Farm on the 23rd of August 1826 between David Landale and George Morgan and is marked by a cairn and plaque and also marks the birthplace of Ian Rankin famous for his fictional novels about Inspector Rebus an Edinburgh detective.
Although Cardenden is not on the route of the Fife Pilgrim Way itself it is just a few minutes’ walk from the route and walkers can use the rail link to join the walk.
Rosemary Wallace, Secretary of CCDF commented, ‘We are keen to raise the profile of Cardenden and encourage walkers to consider accessing the route via our rail link and highlight some of our unique history to a new audience.’
Alexandra Hoadley of FCCT commented, ‘We are delighted to see the successful conclusion of this project and we hope that many walkers will consider using Cardenden’s public transport links to access the Fife Pilgrim Way, raising the village’s profile and bringing significant economic benefits to the area.’
Photo Left to right – David Doig – Chair Cardenden History Group, Rosemary Wallace – Secretary CCDF, Alexandra Hoadley, Conservation Officer FCCT and David Taylor- Chair CCDF