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Cove Harbour - a great Winter afternoon walk

Cove Harbour - a great Winter afternoon walk

Postby dickens96 » Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:56 pm

Route description: Cove Harbour circuit, Cove

Date walked: 30/11/2014

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 4.5 km

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I've been here before as it is close to home - its a superb short Winter walk especially if the sea state is high. The harbour is privately owned and maintained so I was happy to put a donation in the box at the start of the path down.

From the car park

There is a good car park and the walk starts with one of a series of small sculptures celebrating the fisher folk and the various disasters they suffered.


The path then goes down the hill to the harbour - the coastal path continues straight on but of course you need to go down to see the harbour and take the smuggler's tunnel to the beach.

The tunnel to the beach

The beach

Retracing your steps through the tunnel you then turn right and drop down to the harbour.

Cove harbour

You then have to return up the path you came down to join the cliff path at the top. The path was very very muddy - that gloopy red East Lothian muddiness - as it was the last time I was here. In places duck boards have been laid out, and in other places it could be dangerous as there is no fence on the seaward side. Good boots and great care needed! The reward are some super views along the coast - North to Torness and the Forth and South along the "James Hutton" coastline. Lots of interesting geology to be seen.

Coastline and Cove

View North

Finally you reach Pease Bay - a great stretch of sand very popular with surfers - which is a bit spoilt by the large caravan site. However it must be a good place to stay right on the beach.

Pease Bay

The route then swings inland to join the minor road that returns to Cove. I don't usually like walking on tarmac roads but this one was very welcome after the gloop of the cliff path, although it can get busy with cars heading to Pease Bay so it needs care. As you reach some cottages you cut off back towards the sea and rejoin cliff path back to the car park.

Recommended for an afternoon - pick a sunny day when the sea is rough and just watch for the mud!
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