Come join me on this pleasant walk along the old railway track from Longniddry to Haddington. This branch railway line [masked]) carried passengers and farm produce from the surrounding area to Edinburgh. In return the railway transported horse dung from the streets of Edinburgh to be used on the East Lothian farms! The paths are fairly level and have a firm surface.
When we reach the end of the track we’ll take a short walk down into Haddington town centre where we’ll see St Mary’s Church and the Nungate Bridge before taking a walk on the Tyne's riverside walk.
* HADDINGTON: is often known as ‘the hidden toun’ because of the way it sits in it's rural environment. It's a beautiful market town, rich in history and many attractions for us to see.
* AGRICULTURE: has long been the basis for Haddington's prosperity and the successful growth of the town shows itself in some excellent architecture, dating from the 17th to 19th centuries, including the William Adam-designed 1748 Town House. (The firebrand Protestant reformer, John Knox, was born in Haddington in 1505).
* ST MARY'S CHURCH (C14th): is of cathedral proportions and lies in a beautiful riverside setting by the (little) Tyne and near the mediaeval Nungate Bridge.
* NUNGATE BRIDGE: Old Nungate Bridge carried a main route into Scotland over the river Tyne. This 12th Century bridge consists of three red sandstone arches and has stood firm against many devastating floods in the last 800 years. The bridge was also the place of execution in the county and the hanging hook, from which criminals were hung, can still be seen in one of the arches. The bridge is now only used by pedestrians.
There are a couple of picnic spots en route if the weather is fine and there's also a lovely bustling Waterside Bistro at the end for a well earned refreshment.
GETTING TO LONGNIDDRY
🚂 TRAIN: The North Berwick Train leaves Edinburgh Waverley at 11:42 and arrives Longniddry at[masked]https://www.scotrail.co.uk
🚌 BUS: (East Coast Bus X5) Leaves Opposite Waverley Steps at 11:22 (arrives 11:56)
🚙 CAR: *Please note* It is possible to park near the station in Longniddry - however the bus back to your car from Haddington takes a very lengthy route.
GETTING BACK TO EDINBURGH
🚌 BUS:From Haddington to Edinburgh 16:05 (253), 16:25 (X7), ) 16:51 (253), 17:01 (X7) , 17:31 (X7) and 17:58 (253)
* Snack: We'll stop en route for a lunch break
* Attire: Dress to suit the weather and wear comfy walking boots/shoes
* Distance: Approx 7 miles (If we add the riverside walk) If you prefer a shorter walk there's always the option to leave when we reach Haddington
* Dogs: Welcome