Coldingham Bay - St Abbs Coastal 'Saints and Seabirds'

  • September 28, 2013 · 11:30 AM
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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
Difficulty: Moderate
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.


Driving Directions:

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.

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  • Anne

    Wonderful walk.

    October 1, 2013

  • cathryn

    Wonderful walk and fine introduction to a great group! I will look forward to more meetups with this group during my year in Edinburgh!

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Toni O' T.

    Thanks, Lin for the lift. It was a lovely day. Thanks DJ for organizing it.

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • Lín H.

    Great day out in wonderful weather. Lovely people & beautiful scenery!

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • Linda

    Thanks for organising a great day out DJ. Fab weather, scenery and lovely company. See you all on another walk soon. :)

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • Gary

    Thanks for a well organised walk DJ and thanks again for the lift Lin. Superb weather, scenery & company :)

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like you had a fantastic day. Please rearrange for another time with good weather as we'll. ;-)

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a lovely day thank you DJ for organizing it. Nice scenarios to make up your mind and get relaxed.
    Thank you Neil for driving us there.

    2 · September 28, 2013

  • Neil G.

    Great day out and thanks to the organisers for a wonderful choice! Nice to meet such interesting people too! And the coastal views were great too!

    2 · September 28, 2013

  • Debs & T.

    Me & Toby had a fantastic time today! Sunny weather; gorgeous scenery; interesting walk; a lovely group; and a well deserved stop for a drink afterwards. I'm so glad we attended. Thanks for organising today's walk, DJ. And thanks to Neil, for driving me & Toby to Coldingham!

    2 · September 28, 2013

  • luna

    Apologies unable to attend due to transport porblems. Have a good walk.

    September 28, 2013

  • Chris N.

    Regret to say I won't be attending the walk today. I played squash too long and too late last night and am not really fit to walk. Sorry about the late notice, but I didn't discover I had been offered a place on the walk until midnight last night.

    September 28, 2013

  • Chris N.

    Hi - I'm on the waiting list for this hike, but if I'm allowed to join then I'll be happy to offer three seats in my car. I'll be leaving from Edinburgh (EH4) but can divert to pick up passengers elsewhere. All depends if I get off the wait-list and onto the attendance list!

    September 23, 2013

    • luna

      Hello chris, Glad that you are joining now, any chance of a lift?

      September 28, 2013

    • Chris N.

      Hi Luna - give me a call on[masked] if you still want a lift.

      September 28, 2013

  • Sharon

    If anyone needs a lift, get in touch with Allan ASAP.

    September 28, 2013

    • Norlyn

      I think you are very unfair lobbing this on Allan at such a late time as we have had enough time to organise.

      September 28, 2013

    • Allan H

      Sharon can't make it so I have 1 place available from Charlotte Square, Leith Walk or Leith Links. [masked]

      1 · September 28, 2013

  • Jackie

    Hi, sorry not to be able to make it now....had a bit of a stressful week and only just realised I had signed up for this. Hope you have a good time and someone else is able to use my place.

    September 28, 2013

  • Debs & T.

    Sally & Luna......... I think there a few people who are getting a bus to Coldingham.

    September 27, 2013

    • Sally

      I think the bus only goes to coldingham, not coldingham bay, only runs every few hours so might be a horrible long wait to get home, and the first one doesn't arrive till 11.55. Not for me, I'm afraid.

      1 · September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I can't make it! Not feeling so well :-( Will join next time, without my cold.

    Have fun!!

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Anne I'm not sure if you got my last message. But just to say I would still be attending the walk and would be greatful to share transport. I was wondering if Straiton park and ride is on the rute for you. Thank you all the best Davey.

    September 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Anne yes 9.20am at Straiton park and ride would be great thank you. I will see you then. I will try and unblock my email. Sorry for the delay computer has been down the last few days. Thank you for the lift best wishes. :)

      September 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Anne me again heres my email address just encase. [masked]. Thanks.

      September 27, 2013

  • Sally

    Is really like to come but I need a ride. I live in Craiglockhart.

    September 27, 2013

  • Sally

    Is really like to come but I need a ride. I live in Craiglockhart.

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly my flight back from Germany has been cancelled thismorning due to fog. As a result I won't be back in time for the walk. Hope you all enjoy it.

    September 27, 2013

  • luna

    Hello, I am still looking for a lift? any offers would be much appreciated

    September 26, 2013

  • Elaine M.

    Sorry out of town

    September 25, 2013

  • Neil G.

    Anyone need a lift ... I can take 3 people now. Would like to meet Morningside area.

    2 · September 22, 2013

    • Elaine M.

      Yes please! I am on the waiting list though so maybe not fair to ask.

      September 23, 2013

    • Debs & T.

      Hi Neil. Just to confirm that me & Toby will meet you at Morningside Clock @ 9:45am on Saturday morning. We look forward to meeting you!

      September 24, 2013

  • Kathleen L.

    Hi I would like to have a lift with someone leaving from Edinburgh. Kate

    September 3, 2013

    • Steve

      Allan - have u got room left in ur car?

      September 24, 2013

  • Lín H.

    I'll be driving, in case anyone still needs a lift - I'll be driving from Union Street/Broughton Street.

    September 3, 2013

    • luna

      Hi Lin, wonder since Debs and Toby are not needing a lift anymore would it be possible for me to get a lift from you?

      September 23, 2013

    • Lín H.

      Hi Luna, I would be happy to offer you a lift but have already filled the space... So sorry, I hope you'll be able to catch a lift with someone else!

      September 23, 2013

  • luna

    I am looking for a lift from Edinburgh, anybody in a position to offer me a lift? It will be much appreciated, Cheers

    September 23, 2013

  • gregor

    sorry, can't go anymore, have other plans

    September 23, 2013

  • Mel

    I've just had to cancel but hope you guys have a great day :-)

    September 23, 2013

  • Vivien M.

    Oops! double booked, forgotten I had pre-arranged plans for the 28th. Sorry, Vivien

    September 23, 2013

  • Vivien M.

    I love this area and look forward to meeting you all on Saturday - Vivien

    September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi folks my names Davey. Coldingham bay will be my first meet up with the group. I'm just wondering if it's possible to share a lift from the Edinburgh area. Thank you best wishes D.

    September 7, 2013

    • Debs & T.

      Hi Anne. Thanks for your message. Please keep me posted; in regards to a lift from Straiton :-)

      September 22, 2013

    • Debs & T.

      Hi Anne. Me & Toby don't need a lift anymore. Thanks anyway!

      September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, I'm on the waiting list so if anyone could offer me a lift, I'd really appreciate it :) Thank you

    September 23, 2013

  • carol

    I have no transport so someone can have my place!

    September 22, 2013

  • Neil G.

    I can offer a ride in my car if I manage to get off the waiting list!

    September 22, 2013

  • Helen H.

    Hi I am on the wait list for this walk it would be my first walk with this group. I have a car + if a place comes up I could pick people up and furry friends if needed. I keep missing spaces when they come up will keep trying.

    September 22, 2013

  • carol

    Can anyone offer me a lift from
    Edinburgh, please.

    September 21, 2013

  • cathryn

    Hi! So glad to get in off the wait list. I don't have a car; could anyone give me a lift from the Edinburgh area? Thanks

    September 21, 2013

  • carol

    Can anyone offer me a lift from Edinburgh please? Many thanks
    Carol

    September 21, 2013

  • Carolanne

    I'm so sorry but I am going to have to pull out of this walk. - many apologies

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Allan and Roger, it's not exactly panic, it's a panic attack :-):-):-), as this might be my last walk in Edinburgh before going back to Spain on Monday, I don't want to miss it.

    September 19, 2013

  • Allan H

    Alison, Cheryl, Marian, Marta, Don't panic! I think it might be possible to arrange another car from the city centre. Leave it with me.

    September 18, 2013

    • Toni O' T.

      Hi Allan I'm looking for a lift too from the city centre. Anne kindly offered me a lift from a service station in Musselbourgh but that's a bit far for me without a car.

      September 19, 2013

  • Carolanne

    Just wondering if any lifts available my friend no longer heading that way so can't drop me off - thanks

    September 11, 2013

    • Jane

      How long is on the bus Norlyne and what bus no. is it?

      September 12, 2013

    • Norlyn

      Could one pick up from Ferrytoll P&R as coming in from Perth!

      September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may be able to offer some lifts as well. I don't want to commit to offering at the moment as I'm away with work from Sunday and due to fly back on Friday. With the way things normally happen this might extend from Friday so I dont want to offer people a lift and find out I can't get back in time and leave people lift less the day before the walk.

    September 19, 2013

  • Alison F.

    Thanks very much, Allan! Will wait to hear if you have any luck organising a lift for us.

    September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone! I'm so glad to join you! But as many other walkers, Is need a lift!I live in Haymarket, but I can meet you when it suits you better. Thanks a lot!

    September 18, 2013

  • Alison F.

    Will probably take my name off the list of people going if nobody is able to offer a lift so that perhaps someone else on the waiting list who has transport is able to go.

    September 18, 2013

    • Cheryl (.

      Im looking for a lift too alison. I have just noticed. Lindsay has left a comment offering a lift near the bottom of the list of comments. Hope this is helpful:-)

      September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm not in the waiting list, but now I wonder if I could get a
    lift i'll be happy to share petrol cost.

    September 15, 2013

    • Debs & T.

      Thanks for your message, Marian. Unfortunately, I'm not taking my car to Coldingham.
      Me & Toby are getting a lift from Lin Hem :-)

      September 18, 2013

  • Alison F.

    Like you, Toni, I am looking for a lift and live in the south side. I wondered if Straiton might be a suitable pick up place for anyone who will be driving on the bypass as it's quite easy to get there by bus.

    September 15, 2013

  • Toni O' T.

    I've just got on the walk which is great. Please let me know if anyone can give me a lift and I'll share petrol costs. I live in Newington. Thanks. Toni

    September 13, 2013

    • Anne

      Hi Toni, I'm picking up Laura at Musselburgh Moto Service Station if that is of use to you. See messages for more details. Cheers Anne and good luck.

      September 14, 2013

    • Toni O' T.

      Thanks for your offer, Anne. I'll see if I can get something a bit more local so better say no and leave space for people who can get to Musselburgh more easily. Appreciate you offering though. Toni

      September 14, 2013

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