Back to normal-ish autumnal weather for a change: sunshine and heavy showers forecast on a strong westerly wind. Time for the tried and tested plan for these conditions: head east! East Lothian was the destination for today. We first spent a wonderful couple of hours exploring Seacliff Beach at low tide, with perfect blue skies and no-one else around. Perfect. Next we headed to Tyninghame Links to explore the headland of St Baldred's Cradle, along with Ravensheugh Sands to the north. It was distinctly chilly despite sunshine so we had lunch in the car before setting off.
Autumn colours seem to have hung on a little longer in the eastern Lowlands than they have towards Glasgow and the north edge of the Central Belt. Still lots of colour about on the track to the shore before it plunged into a more gloomy plantation:
Once at the shore a narrow path headed left, sometimes weaving around tank traps a little way back from the bay (with care needed not to lose it under all the leaf litter), and sometimes right by the shore. It really is a truly lovely little stretch of coastline. Sheltered from the westerly wind too.
Eventually the path heads out onto the more open tip of the headland. A bit windier here but Bass Rock soon came into view.
It had been sunny up until now, but for it to stay like that for the rest of the walk would've taken a miracle that even St Baldred might not have been capable of. Ravensheugh Sands soon appeared ahead, with an angry sky approaching from behind it.
The shower arrived on the beach about the same time as we did. As a result we didn't explore the beach particularly thoroughly, soon making a beeline for finish. In the end the shower actually passed over very quickly - one benefit of 40mph winds - and it was dry by the time we got back to the car. So perhaps we didn't really do Ravensheugh Sands justice... in any case, this is a lovely little corner of Lothian. (And definitely worth the parking fee.)
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