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The Braw Law from North Berwick

The Braw Law from North Berwick


Postby Chris Mac » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:58 pm

Route description: North Berwick Law, North Berwick

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: North Berwick Law

Date walked: 18/04/2018

Time taken: 2.31 hours

Distance: 6.07 km

Ascent: 255m

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A day trip to explore North Berwick was on the cards for us, a photogenic wee seaside town on the east coast with the added bonus of the Law to hike up, perfect.

North Berwick Law first came to my attention a good few years ago when climbing Arthur's Seat, Meikle Bin and others from where it is very prominent lump at the end of the Firth of Forth.

We parked down at the beach just along from the Seabird Centre with a nice view over to Bass Rock:
ImageDSC_3784 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We decided to have a quick wander around town before returning to the car to gear up for the short hike. North Berwick Law is prominent a fair bit as you wander around:
ImageDSC_3786 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

A church:
ImageDSC_3801 by djchrismac, on Flickr

Another church:
ImageDSC_3807 by djchrismac, on Flickr

As it was lunch time we grabbed a snack and sat down the shore, enjoying the view north west to the Lomond Hills and Fife:
ImageDSC_3817 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Wee Lamb Island:
ImageDSC_3819 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

North Berwick:
ImageDSC_3824 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We headed back to the car where I started recording the route, then it was just a short walk to the Lodge and grounds where we went through the entrance shown on the right:
ImageDSC_3832 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We follow the route indicated on the sign:
ImageDSC_3835 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Through the Lodge ground and past the standing stones...
ImageDSC_3838 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The Law looms ever closer as we approach it, crossing the road to the right where the daffodils are:
ImageDSC_3846 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

A small path leads us on through the trees:
ImageDSC_3848 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Atop the Law the whale bones, old war lookouts and people can be seen on this fairly busy wee hill:
ImageDSC_3855 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We reach the play park and find a new housing estate has been built that isn't on the OS map...
ImageDSC_3859 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Luckily a new path heads to the right towards Haddington Road and the Law car park:
ImageDSC_3862 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

North Berwick Law's west side:
ImageDSC_3868 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Free advertising in the car park...
ImageDSC_3869 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

After passing a guy with a metal detector leaving the lodge ground we spot a sign on the board saying that the Law is an ancient monument and is protected by law so no metal detectors are to be used on it... it didn't stop them building lookouts during war time though. :roll:
ImageDSC_3872 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Around the south side of the hill is the angle of least ascent where the path takes us:
ImageDSC_3873 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Head left and up the hill:
ImageDSC_3874 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We pass the first of 2 benches:
ImageDSC_3888 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

There is a decent main path to the second bench:
ImageDSC_3891 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Bench 2 and the view north west:
ImageDSC_3892 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Looking south to the Lammermuir Hills and Traprain Law:
ImageDSC_3895 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

South west are the Garleton Hills:
ImageDSC_3898 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Due east are the Pentlands and Arthur's Seat:
ImageDSC_3900 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

North Berwick, Fidra, the Forth and distant Fife:
ImageDSC_3903 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

After a quick break to enjoy the view there are several routes up the Law:
ImageDSC_3906 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

I took a few more photos and Y had already gone ahead so I expected to find her near the top...
ImageDSC_3912 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Garleton Hills and the Hopetoun Monument:
ImageDSC_3916 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We read about the monument on returning home, one to visit if we're in the area or bagging the local Tumps:
ImageDSC_3928 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Pentlands, no view from there for now...
ImageDSC_3934 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Edinburgh and the Castle in the distance:
ImageDSC_3950 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Forth bridges:
ImageDSC_3963 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Knockhill:
ImageDSC_3972 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Fidra with West and East Lomond:
ImageDSC_3985 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Time to catch up, the mountain goat quickly bounds up the remainder of the Law towards the summit...
ImageDSC_4010 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Lookout:
ImageDSC_4014 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

I quickly reach the summit rock with trig point and view indicator...
ImageDSC_4023 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Erm... where is Y? I didn't pass her! How could she be lost on one of the smallest Marilyns?! :crazy:

ImageDSC_4026 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

I take a few more photos expecting her to arrive any time...
ImageDSC_4031 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Whale bones:
ImageDSC_4033 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The view west, not very clear over at the Pentlands so it's a good thing we came further east today:
ImageDSC_4034 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Still no sign of her, I decide to head back to find her:
ImageDSC_4038 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

ImageDSC_4047 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

There she is!
ImageDSC_4052 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

After catching up it turns out she had followed the easy path around to a stepper section of the hill then had to turn back, that's the last time I let her out of my sight no matter how small the hill! :lol:

We enjoy the summit view together, to the east is Bass Rock and Tantallon Castle:
ImageDSC_4059 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Whale Bone sign:
ImageDSC_4072 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Bass Rock:
ImageDSC_4079 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Ganet central:
ImageDSC_4084 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Tantallon Castle:
ImageDSC_4090 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Dunbar, the Works and Torness Power Station, I wonder how John Muir would feel about these ruining the view of his home town?
ImageDSC_4093 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Trig pillar, Pentlands and Edinburgh:
ImageDSC_4100 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Conditions have cleared up now over at the Pentlands and Allermuir Hill:
ImageDSC_4108 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh:
ImageDSC_4110 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Looking down on Craigleith:
ImageDSC_4112 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Fidra and a rig:
ImageDSC_4122 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We decide it's time to head back down, should be a quick and easy descent...
ImageDSC_4131 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

I pass a large bee, one i've never seen before (now identified as a Red-tailed Bumblebee!) which has great colours but is lying on it's back, sting pulsating. Lack of a barb in the abdomen indicated it was dying after stinging someone, at least it wasn't us!
ImageDSC_4139 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We head to the bench for a seat and to soak in the view again:
ImageDSC_4142 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Satisfied that we've seen enough we continue past the infinity pool...
ImageDSC_4149 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

What looks like the Dovecot on the map a bit further south:
ImageDSC_4153 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Wanting to do a loop instead of returning the same way, we divert left near the bottom of the hill to follow the WH route around the other side of the hill:
ImageDSC_4156 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

It's a tiny steep hill but well worth a visitL
ImageDSC_4158 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Skirting aroud the base of the hill is a path to follow heading towards Bass Rock:
ImageDSC_4164 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

It looks like there is another path up the steep east face, I didn't realise we could also have descended that way although Y would probably not be so keen:
ImageDSC_4167 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The path soon levels out and we head through the gate:
ImageDSC_4169 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

With the ponies visible ahead we turn left and follow the faint path straight down:
ImageDSC_4176 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

At the bottom we turn right and go through a gate, now we're in the boggy marsh section and moans are being sent in my direction! :lol: The ponies, the bog and the Law:
ImageDSC_4185 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The final part isn't as bad as walking alongside the fence as it turns back around and we head along to another gate to enter the housing estate onto Glenburn Road:
ImageDSC_4202 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We walk onto East Road, turn left and head back towards the beach, North Berwick Law looking braw in the background:
ImageDSC_4207 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We turn in to the tennis club and turn right onto Quadrant to reach the beach:
ImageDSC_4214 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Looking back:
ImageDSC_4224 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We cross the road and hop over the wall onto the beach, always a great way to end a walk although there is no requirement for a dip as it wasn't strenous enough a walk and it's not warm enough. We head towards the Seabird Centre:
ImageDSC_4227 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Looking back down the beach with Bass Rock back left:
ImageDSC_4240 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We've seen enough to decide that we really like North Berwick so far and would happily return for another visit:
ImageDSC_4277 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We investigate St Andrew's Old Kirk, then pass through the Seabird Centre to head for the pier, looking back at the beach, Law and Kirk:
ImageDSC_4293 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

North Berwick Law, wee hills are underrated:
ImageDSC_4304 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Passing the harbour and Crab Shack:
ImageDSC_4322 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

It's a very scenic town, looking out to Craigleith as we head along the end of the harbour:
ImageDSC_4343 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The rocky finale:
ImageDSC_4354 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

So that was us, back to the car so I could change out of my muddy troosers due to unexpected bog hopping but this is easily avoided if going back down the ascent route via the car park. As it was close by and highly rated we opted for the Ship Inn for dinner and it was excellent, quality grub and a nice friendly pub. An hour and a half later we were back in Glasgow and reflecting on an excellent choice of town to explore which had the added bonus of beaches and the Law to enjoy, friendly locals and good grub to boot. Result.
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