Circular coastal walk which lets you experience the beautiful and dramatic east coastal scenery. The walk starts at Coldingham Bay car park, just outside the town of Coldingham. The first sight is the sandy beach of Coldingham Bay, a surfers paradise! Then up on to the coastal path to St Abbs viewing its lovely harbour.
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation: 600 ft across 3 moderate climbs
Time: 4:00 including time for breaks, lunch and stop at St Abbs.
Shall pass through St Abbs and then carry on into the National Trust for Scotland's Reserve. The coastal path rises allowing the dramatic landscape of sheer cliffs, offshore stacks and narrow gullies to open up.
Next pass Kirk Hill, although we shall not climb this hill this is where abbess Aebbe had her monastery. This was in the 7th century and accidentally burned down and only traces remain. She was sainted and thus gave the name to this lava headland. Along this coast thousands of seabirds nest. Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Shags, Puffins and Fulmars nest here.
Next on the trail climb up to St Abbe's lighthouse built in 1862. Can stop for lunch at some point around here. Then descend on tarmac road down into Pettico Wake. This was a natural trap for salmon and operated as a fishing station from 1880 to 1950. A jetty can still be seen which served the lighthouse.
The variety of this walk changes again to a walk along the Mire Loch which was created by damming around 1900. Was used for angling and wildfowling.
After the loch slight uphill along a single lane road to wind round back to St Abbs village with a stop at the visitor centre if you wish.
Can have coffee, tea cake or something stronger at a licensed cafe. Once refreshed back to Coldingham Bay to finish this walk.
Public toilets are at Coldingham bay and St Abbs and al fresco in between!
Cars only practical and can I ask car drivers to offer lifts to others. Everyone to organise their own lifts, just put up requests here. Passengers be polite and offer expenses to the driver.
45 mile drive down the east coast. Get onto the Edinburgh bypass A720 and head east and south for the A1 to Berwick upon tweed. On the A1 take the A1107 Coldingham turn off. Arriving from the A1107 at coldingham village at the New Inn turn left onto High St. This becomes very narrow Street, pass Spar shop on your left. Road goes downhill along Fisher's Brae until bears left onto the St Abbs road. Almost immediately there is a brown signpost for Coldingham Bay right turn which can be tricky to see. The single lane road goes downhill past the caravan park on your right. Go downhill and at the bottom is the Coldingham Bay car park on the right. Give yourself 1:30 hrs to get here from central Edinburgh.
Look forward to meeting you all on this dramatic historical walk.
Dogs must be kept on a lead to protect livestock and not losing them over the cliffs!
Walking coastal paths so sturdy footware, warm clothes and waterproofs essential for this windy area.
The legal bit
•Whereas the organiser is guiding this walk, he or she will not be held legally responsible for any accidents or other mishaps during this walk. This group has no liability insurance and by signing up for this walk you agree that you will make your own risk assessment of the terrain,distance, your fitness / walking experience and the weather forecasted. The organiser of the walk is not an expert, has no training in running guided walks or first aid experience.
Although mishaps are rare on these walks there is a risk of personal injury. By attending this walk you accept these risks in their entirety. Any guests that you bring along you accept responsibility for their safety and have briefed them in full about this walk and risks associated.
•If you have any doubts about your abilities, the weather conditions or the terrain/ground, you must discuss this with the organiser before the start of the walk
•Please advise your fellow walkers as early as possible if you encounter difficulties during a walk. This will enable us to arrange assistance at an early stage.
•An organiser will advise you if in his/her opinion you are not suitably equipped for a walk and may refuse to facilitate the walk for you.
•By attending this walk you accept these conditions in their entirety.