SATURDAY 5TH MARCH, 2011
MELVICH TO BRAWL – 16 MILES 8 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH AND JOHN.
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 714 MILES
On arrival at our B&B last night we were welcomed with tea and delicious home baking. The rooms were excellent and breakfast was top quality and plentiful. After breakfast we drove back to Melvich and set off in dry overcast conditions along the lovely Melvich sands. At the west end of the beach we encountered a difficult stretch of grass banking and stony beach to the pier. From the pier we followed a vehicle track for a short distance then a marked path to Portskerra slipway. A gully forced us to walk on the village road for a short distance before we crossed a small wooden bridge taking us back to the cliff tops. About half a mile on a huge gully forced us back inland for almost half a mile before we were able to cross it only encounter a second gully before heading back to the cliff tops at Rubha nan Cloiche. From here we made our way passed Baligill stopping to view the relics of a fort on a promontory. Making our way round the point we gained our first views of yet another fabulous beach at Strathy bay. We made our way down on to the sands and walked at the sea edge to the west end of the beach where the boots had to come off to wade the river Strathy which flows into the sea at the bay. We were now enjoying lovely sunshine and after a relaxing tea break on the rocks we made our way in the cliff edge fields along the east side of Strathy point. At some parts we were pushed inland by gullies or other hazards including numerous fences and walked the last half mile to the lighthouse on the service road. Leaving the lighthouse at Strathy point we made our way passed the amazing rocks and stacks at Natural Arch. The next mile along the cliff tops passed Geodh’Ruadh was particularly scenic and certainly challenging with several gullies and other natural obstacles to be tackled. Having noted on the map that a significant gully would be encountered at Port Allt a’ Mhuillin we moved inland towards Aultivullin where we were easily able to cross. From here we continued along the cliff tops passed Boursa Island to our days finish at Brawl where Patsy again provide transport back to our vehicle and a pint in the Halladale Inn.
Summary; An excellent challenging days walk with good underfoot conditions.
Highs; Fantastic Coastal scenery, Some amazing rock formations and beaches
Lows; The numerous fences along the east side of Strathy Point.
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