Day 170 : North Berwick – Dunbar

I have had an enjoyable three night stay in North Berwick at the Richmond Cottage B&B. The accommodation was extremely comfortable and by hosts, Brenda and Franc were very friendly and made me feel at home.

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Walk Date :                31st Oct 2015
Mileage :                     16.60 miles                   Total Mileage :          2, 666.79 miles
Accommodation :      YHA, Berwick-on-Tweed

I leave North Berwick and make my way to Tantallon Castle. It sits on a cliff looking out over Bass Rock where the Forth meets the North Sea. The visitor centre was closed so I just walked into the grounds and around the castle. I notice that there is a separate Dovecote building in the grounds.

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Bass Rock sticks up proud like a big rounded hump. The rock is a nature reserve and home to the largest colony of northern gannets. The rock also has some literary credentials refered to in Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Leaving the castle behind I could not find a coastal path, so it’s a bit of road walking. After the village of Tyninghame I pick up the John Muir Way which takes me out to the John Muir Country Park at Belhaven Bay.

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I pass a Family Park on a farm where there’s a miniature railway going round. I watched some Alpaca’s following the train as the driver fed them titbits as he went along.

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At Belhaven Bay the tide was out so I was able to take the short cut across the bay. At the other side I stopped for lunch and looked back to where I had come from. I continued around the golf course and into Dunbar.