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Kings Caves

Kings Caves


Postby craftygreenpoet » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:44 pm

Route description: King's Cave circuit, near Blackwaterfoot

Date walked: 29/06/2011

Distance: 9 km

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We didn't strictly follow the route as outlined in the guide. We walked through the golf course, which we were very happy to see being managed with wildlife in mind (we were particularly delighted to see a sedge warbler in one of the marshy areas around the course). Then we went up through a sheep field to the coast. Here we joined the coastal path, which passes through bracken and by the side of wooded cliffs. We saw a couple of kestrels flying around the cliffs, they seemed to have a nest on one of the rocky outcrops. We also saw one of the kestrels chasing a buzzard. Meanwhile on the beach there were quite a lot of rock pipits, along with common gulls and (perhaps surprisingly) blackbirds and chaffinches (not birds you think of as shore birds but there they were). We were intrigued by the collection of miniature cairns on the beach here, and wondered exactly what their purpose was.

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cairns


We carried on along the path, which becomes quite steep at one point before turning a corner to reveal the caves, which are worth having a closer look at.

On the return route there are wonderful views of this distinctive cliff formation.

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