Walking Scotlands Coast

DAY 2 – EYEMOUTH TO COVE

DAY 2

TUESDAY16TH JANUARY, 2007

EYEMOUTH TO COVE – 16 MILES, 7.5 HOURS

MORRIS, GEORGE AND BILL

TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 25.5 MILES

It was another cold frosty January morning with clear blue skies when we drove to Cove where we left one car before driving to Eyemouth with the other. We continued on the Berwickshire Coastal Path out passed the caravan site keeping as close as possible to the sea taking every opportunity to walk at the waters edge. We walked across the lovely beach at Coldingham Bay and followed the well worn path to the lovely coastal village of St Abbs where we took advantage of a well placed picnic table for a tea break admiring the great views south from where we had come. On leaving St Abbs we had to walk from the coast through the village and north for a short distance on the B 6438 before returning to the coast near Starney Bay. Again we followed a well define path on the clifftops to the lighthouse at St Abbs head. Passing the lighthouse we walked down the service road to Pettico Wick where we left the road and walked along the cliff top fields keeping close to the sea. The views north up the coast are spectacular. Passing the ‘measured mile’ markers (shown on O.S. map) we moved inland to avoid the long, uncrossable gulley that comes in from the sea at Souter and walked on the dirt track road to Dowlaw where we again moved back close to the sea and viewed the unspectacular ruins of Fast Castle. From here in the absence of any distinguishable path we headed for Redheugh Farm in the distance, again keeping as close as practicable to the sea. At the farm we took the road to the right returning to the sea edge which we followed to the lovely sands at Pease Bay. Crossing the  beach we climbed the hillside to again join the clifftops and followed a good path for the last mile walk to Cove passing above its lovely harbour.

Summary.

Very satisfying full days walk with, in the main, good underfoot condition and some spectacular coastal cliff and beach views. Visible paths most of the way although map has to be referred to to avoid wasting a lot of time at the gulley at Souter.

Highs; The amazing views from St Abbs northwards to Cove.

Lows; Not noticing the gulley at Souter on the map and having a long detour inland.

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