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Berwickshire Coastal Path. Two days with a beach camp.

Berwickshire Coastal Path. Two days with a beach camp.


Postby ahukippax » Thu Mar 10, 2022 10:05 pm

Date walked: 06/03/2022

Time taken: 2 days

Distance: 48 km

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I have to confess that to date all my hiking and running has pretty much been in the hills. After a pretty grotty February, the promise of a couple of days decent weather had my wife and myself looking for a nice 2 day trek. We landed on the Berwickshire Coastal Path. If you want a nice alternative to the hills, this trail may be exactly what you are looking for. Its well marked, quiet, passes beautiful bays, dramatic cliffs and quaint villages. The sound of the birds and the ocean are a constant companion as you wind your way down from Cockburnspath to Berwick. There are some short steep ascents and descents, but for the most part it is easy walking on grassy paths, country roads and gravel tracks. Nothing technical, so you can look up, enjoy the surroundings and clear your mind.

Day 1 - 26km. Cockburnspath to Linkim Shore.
The quiet village of Cockburnspath had a lovely central square, with ample places to park and leave the car. The first section followed the Southern Uplands Way, under the A1 and out to the coast with great views over Cove and Pease Bay.
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After some easy road walking on a quiet country road the trail climbed steadily uphill and away from the coast. There then followed a great section to Dowlaw, high up and with great views down the coast. The trail is just north of a minor road and was a delight to walk on, through grass and bracken.
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We passed through Dowlaw and lunched at a pretty stone bridge in the sunshine. The next section to St Abbs Head then just got better and better. As you move back towards the coast the cliffs and coves get ever more impressive. After one steep descent and ascent a small hilltop gave a great view down to a waterfall.
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From here was the highlight of the day, the walk around St Abbs Head. It was quiet, the sun was out and the views around the coast were beautiful. If I could have camped here I would, just to enjoy the serenity.
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A short walk took us through the quaint village of St Abbs, past the picturesque Coldingham Sands and on to Linkim Shore where we had planned to camp. There were clearly two camping 'spots' on this beach which is in a great setting. Unfortunately, previous visitors had not adhered to 'Leave no Trace'. Lots of stone arranging and two ugly 'firepits' marred what is a lovely wild camping space. We pitched up, ate and quickly retreated to sleeping bags. It was a cold night.
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Day 2 - 22km. Linkim Shore to Berwick.
Waking to the sound of the birds and waves on the shore was joyous. Getting out of the sleeping bags wasn't. We watched the sunrise, had a quick breakfast then got on our way.
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It was a short brisk walk to Eyemouth, enough to get the circulation going and our bodies warm. Eyemouth is a small town with a nice harbour and river. From there we hugged the coast next to impressive cliffs.
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The path dropped down to Burnmouth and its small sheltered harbour with a lovely commemorative statue to a past fishing disaster. Then after a short steep climb it was a high level promenade all along the coast, alongside the railway line and besides two caravan parks, but always with the sound of the sea close by.
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Berwick soon approached and we followed it in alongside the walls and some lovely old buildings until the estuary was reached at journeys end. There was only one thing left to do. Tea and cake!
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We started day 1 at 9am and finished slightly after 4pm which included a stop for lunch. The second half of the day from Dowlaw is a bit harder as there is more ascent and descent.
We left camp on Day 2 at 8am and finished by 1pm. We didn't hang around as although it was sunny there was a very cold wind. Oh and my wife wanted cake.

I did a video of this trip which shows more of the scenery and the type of trails encountered.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLBkPVAs4M8
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Re: Berwickshire Coastal Path. Two days with a beach camp.

Postby Gordie12 » Fri Mar 11, 2022 5:23 pm

Thanks for posting this.

I'm looking to incorporate this route into a longer walk and I hadn't seen much coverage of it so this was really useful.
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Re: Berwickshire Coastal Path. Two days with a beach camp.

Postby ahukippax » Fri Mar 11, 2022 11:34 pm

I am glad it was useful. I believe a path extends right down the Northumberland coast.
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Re: Berwickshire Coastal Path. Two days with a beach camp.

Postby Gordie12 » Sat Mar 12, 2022 12:13 pm

I'm looking to start in Filey and walk home to Forfar - might be next year now as I have plans in place for this year. I can stick to the coast all the way to Arbroath then it's just a few miles on a quiet road to home.
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Re: Berwickshire Coastal Path. Two days with a beach camp.

Postby ahukippax » Sat Mar 12, 2022 10:25 pm

Fantastic. I'm guessing Cleveland way and Fife Coastal Path. Are you going inland to get round Middlesborough/Newcastle ?
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Re: Berwickshire Coastal Path. Two days with a beach camp.

Postby Gordie12 » Sun Mar 13, 2022 5:59 pm

ahukippax wrote:Fantastic. I'm guessing Cleveland way and Fife Coastal Path. Are you going inland to get round Middlesborough/Newcastle ?


The England Coast Path seems to be taking shape and I can walk from Filey to your route on the Berwickshire coastal path. The Cleveland Way to begin with plus various other coastal paths that take me up in to Scotland, There is a path from your starting point that will take me north to Dunbar then I can follow the John Muir Way and cross the Forth Road Bridge to pick up the Fife Coastal Path. Round Fife, cross the Tay Road Bridge to Dundee then a cycleway up the coast to Arbroath (sounds easy when you just type it out!!!!!!).

The map on the National Trails website shows the route sticking to the coast through both Middlesbrough and Newcastle so I would just download the GPX route and follow it - I think I might stand out a bit in walking gear and a rucksack!!!!

Although I've got my walks to do this year my mind keeps heading back to this route and any time that happens I just need to go and do it so it's probably a definite for next year.

There are just too many long distance trails out there to choose from................................
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Re: Berwickshire Coastal Path. Two days with a beach camp.

Postby ahukippax » Mon Mar 14, 2022 11:25 pm

Sounds like a great adventure. Good luck getting over the rivers Tees, Wear and Tyne :)
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