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From:  Cupar (NO378147)
To:  Crail (NO608082)
Distance:  17.1 miles (27.5 km)
Meets:  A91, B939, B941, A915, B9131, B9171, A917
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Route outline (key)
B940 Cupar - Crail

The B940 is a lengthy cross-country B-road in east Fife.


It starts at a T junction on the A91 on the eastern side of Cupar town centre and heads roughly eastwards along Pitscottie Road, zigzagging first across the River Eden and then the railway line from Edinburgh to Aberdeen before leaving town. The route climbs steadily up below Ceres Moor and Cairngreen Wood, out of the Eden valley and crosses a spur with a summit around 82m before descending towards the Ceres Burn. Heading south now, the B940 drops down into Pitscottie village on Cupar Road, and crosses the burn, just before crossing the B939 at a crossroads. A short straight leads to a couple of sharp bends and a steep climb up to Baldinnie where the gradient eases a little after a sharp left hand bend.

Still climbing to the south east, the road offers fine views across the hills to the north as it passes Bankhead and continues through the fields to Peat Inn where the B940 TOTSOs to the left, with the road ahead being the B941. The road is a bit windier now as it passes Lawhead and Radernie to reach a summit of nearly 200m before descending to meet the A915 at Higham Toll; this a staggered crossroads with the B940 again having to give way. The route continues east across the fields, undulating gently without losing a great deal of height. There are few houses along this stretch, although plenty of farms lie hidden in the folds of the landscape. After a sharp right hander, the road begins a steeper descent down to Lochty Farm from where the gradient eases considerably. The B9131 (former A959) is crossed at a realigned staggered crossroads at Kingsmuir, where the road on the far side appears to have been deliberately skewed.

A couple of long straights past woodland lead past the secret bunker, after which some tighter bends lead on to the junction with the B9171. For the first time since Cupar, the B940 has priority, but the end is almost in sight. Not long afterwards the road bends to the right to end at a sharp fork on the A917 to the north of Crail.

The 1922 MOT Road List defines this route as: Cupar - Crail

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Railway bridge - Geograph - 129465.jpgWaymarker at Higham Toll.jpgB940 downhill to Baldinnie.jpgB940-b9131.jpgHigham-toll1.jpg
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A91 • A92 • A913 • A914 • A916 • C8 (Fife) • C14 (Fife) • C16 (Fife) • C29 (Fife) • C31 (Fife) • T94 (Britain)
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Former versions: B902 • B906 • B907(W) • B907(E) • B911 • B912 • B924(E) • B924(W) • B937 • B944 • B947
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