by jmarkb » Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:33 pm
Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: North Berwick Law
Date walked: 15/09/2012
Time taken: 6.25 hours
Distance: 26.8 km
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The weather was mostly sunny and quite windy, but the wind was mostly at my back and the rough seas (rough by Firth of Forth standards anyway) added some drama. The section between Gosford Bay and Aberlady Bay I hadn't done before and didn't know how easy it would be, but it turns out to be fine, though maybe best to avoid the highest tides, as you might then be forced into the trees and onto the golf course.
There were seals basking on a sand bank off the point, and Aberlady Bay was full of birds, with the geese having started to arrive for the winter. Near Gullane Point there were little flocks of sanderling dancing along the shore: they are quite tame and will let you get within a few yards of them. There were also some lovely wind-blown patterns in the sand on the dunes. Gullane Bay was, as usual, busy, but the crowds soon thinned out again further east. The offshore islands (Fidra, Lamb and the Bass Rock) come into view
one by one as you head east and before long I was into the home straight to North Berwick.
Since I had never been up the Law, I added that on too: it was actually quite nice to be going uphill for a change! The weather had clouded over a bit, but it was good to see the whole coastline I had walked stratching back off into the distance.
Kite surfers in Gosford Bay
My final destination come into view
Swans, ducks, geese and gulls
Patterns in the dunes
Loking back east from the Law
by hills » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:37 pm
by LeithySuburbs » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:20 pm
by foggieclimber » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:14 pm
Nowt wrong with a bit of coastal walking.
Walking the shore makes a pleasant change from walking the hills.
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by mrssanta » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:34 pm
by jmarkb » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:03 am
mrssanta wrote:fantastic photies, I particularly like the arty sand ones.
foggieclimber wrote:Walking the shore makes a pleasant change from walking the hills.
Sometimes I get to wondering what makes a good walk good. A walk is a one-dimensional line through a two-and-a-bit dimensional landscape, and, for me, following a elegant line (like a ridge or a valley) is somehow satisfying, and the line between the sea and the land certainly qualifies, too.
Oops, bit too much philosophy for this time in the morning!
by nigheandonn » Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:07 am
(That said, one of my favourite parts of the JMW was the inland part from the Tyne Estuary to North Berwick - but it wasn't quite as good past there.)
by LaurenAlexandra » Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:19 pm
by Malckyb » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:02 am
by Scotjamie » Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:28 pm
Nice to see this area again, especially with such nice pics. The walk from Aberlady Bay to NB is especially enjoyable if it involves a detour into Dirleton for the Castle Inn (though the Archerfield incumbents don't quite get 'freedom to roam'). I agree that coast is best and the John Muir Way is an inferior way to walk this route (imho).
The Law is a great wee training ground, featuring small outcrops for scrambling on the south side with a nice steep ascent from the east.
It also has a quarry on the southern boundary that features in climbing magazines and websites https://www.scottishclimbs.com/wiki/North_Berwick_Law_Quarry
I mainly like it because the NB Law trig point is a 20 minute walk from my front door....thanks again
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