Sunday, April 08, 2018

The sea, the sea


We did a recce yesterday for a walk we're leading in a couple of weeks. It's been a cold spring, but the weather was perfect - not a breath of wind, and warm enough without being hot. We started in Gullane and headed down towards the sea.



There was quite a bit of steepish dune walking, which is slightly hard work.


Then we walked along by the shore for a long way.


The beaches were mostly deserted.



This is called Hanging Rock on the map, so obviously we had our lunch beside it.


There was lots of coltsfoot blooming stalwartly away.


That pimple in the distance is Berwick Law, a 340-million-year-old conical volcanic plug in the mainly flat coastal landscape. Berwick Law, confusingly, is nowhere near Berwick (which is in England) but near North Berwick (which is 25 miles from Edinburgh).



Then, after much upping and downing of dunes and scrambling over rocks, we turned inland and made our way through Dirleton...




refraining from crossing this active runway


in either direction, and then, not before time, we were back to the car in Gullane. We were quite keen to sit down by then, having covered 8.23 miles according to Mr L's device.  It was a lovely walk, though, and in a fortnight's time I'm sure we'll be ready to do it again.

10 comments:

  1. What a lovely walk! Your sandy beaches and bays are so beautiful and it must have been good to be almost the only people around. Your gorse is out, as ours is much further south. It cheers a winter landscape so much.

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  2. Gorgeous beaches, and buildings! That was a long walk; I average 5-6 miles a day, but not 8. Does Mr. L. have a Fitbit sort of thing?

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    1. 5 to 6 miles a day! Hmm... very impressive. Yes, it's a Fitbit. I think.

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  3. Beeootiful(if a little grey)!! Gullane is a golfing destination which I want to sample but a lovely dog walk would probably be more relaxing!! Lxx

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  4. In 2010 when my D.E. Stevenson group met in Edinburgh we did a day trip to North Berwick where the Stevenson family spent the month of August every year. And on the way we had a picnic lunch on that green in Dirleton. A lovely memory. When you do make your walk, I imagine spring will be more advanced and more to see. I don't understand what an active runway is.

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    1. Well, it didn't look very active...

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  5. You're so lucky to live near the sea! Your photos are beautiful - how I wish I could take the walk with you. Does your group stop for tea or anything at the end of your walks?

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  6. I wish that the sea were just a walk away from me.

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  7. I once crossed an active runway by mistake. The warning sign was pointing the wrong way at the far side and there was nothing to stop people entering. Luckily it was pretty deserted.
    I must find that film again. It was quite sinister as I remember it.

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