A Celebration of Snowdrops
West Fife Woodlands is pleased to once again join forces with other partners to host this year’s Fife Snowdrops Spectacular, now in its twelfth year.
2018 is particularly significant since it is the bicentenary anniversary of the death of Humphry Repton, the esteemed landscape designer engaged by Sir Robert Preston to improve the former Valleyfield estate.
As in previous years the group will be providing guided walks through Valleyfield Woodland Park with its wonderful displays of snowdrops and remnants of the Repton designed landscape. Valleyfield is one of many venues participating in Visit Scotland’s annual Scottish Snowdrop Festival.
After your walk you might like to visit the Valleyfield exhibition in the Reading Room at the newly appointed Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, where photos and other records of the former estate will be on display throughout February.
Details of other naturalised snowdrop displays to be explored across Fife can be found at http://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/events/scottish-snowdrop-festival.These venues offer visitors a unique chance to explore Fife’s most enchanting landscapes and hidden trails which take in historic estates and their designed landscapes along with magical ancient woodlands.
The 2018 Scottish Snowdrop Festival runs from 27th January to 11th March with events widely dispersed across the country.
Organised events at Valleyfield Woodland Park are from 3rd February to 11th March. These are FREE but donations will be gratefully received and shared between West Fife Woodlands and the Therapy Riding Centre.
Valleyfield Guided Walks
These follow a carefully chosen trail through carpets of naturalised snowdrops and remnants of the Humphry Repton designed landscape, his only work in Scotland. Join experienced guides who will tell you about the former Valleyfield estate and life in Georgian times. If this arouses your interest in the history of Valleyfield then do also visit the exhibition at the Dunfernline Carnegie Library, see above.
For opening times go to https://www.onfife.com/venues/dunfermline-carnegie-library-galleries.
The walks will take place on each Saturday and Sunday from 3rd February to 11th March, departing from the Shiresmill car park (next to the Therapy Riding Centre) at 2pm.
These will last approx. 1 hour with refreshments afterwards provided by our partners at the riding centre. Toilets available.
Venue Details/Curtailment Notification
Valleyfield Woodland Park, Shiresmill, by Blairhall, West Fife, KY12 8ER. This Fife Council owned woodland is a public place and visitors are free to explore its delights at all times throughout the year.
Any necessary changes to the arrangements described above (such as curtailment due to adverse weather, icy paths etc.) will be posted on this website and on West Fife Woodlands' Facebook page.
Walks schedule here (pdf file)