This wooded valley is an important link between the former mining communities of Cardenden, Dundonald and Chapel on the edge of Kirkcaldy. There’s an enticing network of paths through the mixed woodland of colourful broadleaves and conifers, including an easy stroll along the Den Burn, and the wood is full of history and wildlife. Find the remains of 16th century Carden Tower high above the burn and enjoy sweeping views across to the Lomond Hills. Our guide map of Cardenden will help you explore.
The 7 ½ miles (12 km) of routes through the forest are mostly earth paths with some loose gravel sections. There are gentle slopes along the burn; elsewhere there are some steep and very steep slopes.
Cardenden wood lies to the south of the village of Cardenden in Fife.
The main entrance is off Carden Avenue. Turn off the B981 (Cardenden Road) onto Carden Avenue. After about ¼ mile (400 metres), look for a public footpath on the left, opposite the Corrie Centre at grid reference NT 225 948.
KY5 0EL is the nearest postcode.
There is a railway station in Cardenden on the Edinburgh to Glenrothes line, and regular buses run between the village and Kirkaldy. Find details at Traveline Scotland.