Day 168 : Leith – Longniddry

I start today at the Ocean Terminal in Leith, the home of the Royal Yacht Britannia.  I was surprised to see that the terminal was part of a big shopping complex. I nipped into the complex and found a viewing platform by a coffee shop where I could take some pictures.

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Walk Date :                29th Oct 2015
Mileage :                     14.80 miles                   Total Mileage :          2, 635.09 miles
Accommodation :      Richmond Cottage B&B, North Berwick

As I leave Leith I meet Blair, a Red Cross fundraiser on the streets. We have an interesting chat about charities and fundraising, it turns out that it was only his second day in the job. Whilst I did not commit to signing a direct debit for regular giving, I did promise to make a donation and he likewise promised to donate to the charities I am raising money for.

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Edinburgh, whilst it has its Castle, Walter Scott monument, Holyrood House and Simon’s Seat, it also has it’s seaside at Joppa and Portobello. I bet many people have grown up enjoying the sands along here, I certainly enjoyed walking along the promenade.

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I have had to use three buses today to get back to my car. One little annoyance is that the routes have a flat fare of £1.50 which you stick in a shute and the drivers do not give change. I was Okay for change for the first two buses but not for the third.

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Musselburgh at the mouth of the River Esk is a pretty place with riverside walks, a racecourse and a stadium built for the 1972 Commonwealth Games. The coastal walk is all part of the John Muir Way. I approach Prestonpans or “the Pans” as the locals refer to the place. The power station has been in my eye line the whole time I have been walking today, but as I pass I notice that the power station is being dismantled.

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I walk past Bents marshes, sands and golf course to arrive at Longniddry, It had been another long day and it was dark when I finished.