Day 169 : Longniddry – North Berwick

I leave Longniddry and follow the coastline round to Aberlady Bay. From here I follow the Trail into the RSPB Nature Reserve. You are requested to keep to the paths so as not to disturb the wildlife. I eventually take to the beach which I walk along to Gullane Bay.

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Walk Date :                30th Oct 2015
Mileage :                     14.30 miles                   Total Mileage :          2, 650.19 miles
Accommodation :      Richmond Cottage B&B, North Berwick

At Aberlady Bay I see a memorial to Nigel Tranter, a Scottish author and historian and had a lifelong interest in castles. He loved Aberlady coast and walked daily whilst writing notes. The plaque records his poetic feelings for the bay.

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Gullane has a special memory for me as when I was fairly newly married with a young daughter, Sandra, I was stationed in Edinburgh when serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps(RAMC)  We used to come out to the sandy beaches to play in the sand, build sandcastles, eat ice-cream, life seemed so simply and full of fun then.

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I have been following the John Muir Way, a long distance path. It starts in Helensburgh where he left for America and finishes in Dunbar where he was born, a distance of 134 miles. John Muir was a Conservationist who emigrated to America who had an impact on environmental activity.

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As I Approach North Berwick I chat to a couple who had moved across the water from Anstruther. We could just make out the village through the hazy sky. They kindly gave me a donation to put towards the charities I’m walking for, so thank you very much.

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I am now going to look around North Berwick before retiring to my B&B for a clean up.