Day 172 : Coldingham – Berwick-on-Tweed

Today starts as a bright cold day as I get the early bus out to Coldingham. The village grew around an Abbey that was built and was later destroyed by fire. Later on a Benedictine Priory was built of which you can still see some remains.

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Walk Date :                2nd Nov 2015
Mileage :                     21.00 miles                   Total Mileage :          2, 705.59 miles
Accommodation :      YHA, Berwick-on-Tweed

I walk a few miles out to the monastery at St Abbs Head. It was founded by a princess called Aebbe. The fire that destroyed the monastery was attributed to disorderly behaviour between the monks and the nuns.

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From St Abbs Head you get very distinct views along the coastline of Berwickshire. Today the sun was strong casting long shadows where I wanted to take photos. It is a Nature Reserve providing nesting area for seabirds.

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The village of St Abbs is a fishing village of two parts. The harbour area with a collection of boats around the quayside and the area by the cliffs with quaint fishermen’s cottages. I leave St Abbs passing a scuba diving school and along the sweeping sands of Coldingham Bay towards Eyemouth.

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The town of Eyemouth is both a working fishing harbour at the estuary of the River Eye. The town also has a seafront with a beach. As I leave Eyemouth I pass a big imposing house at the mouth of the river, this is Gunsgreen House which is claimed to have hid illicit goods for smugglers.

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Another little village I stop at is Burnmouth where I find a seat above the harbour and stop to eat my lunch. There is a pub there called the “First and Last” which is rather appropriate seeing we are close to the border.

I cross the border back into England and by the time I get to Berwick it is getting dark and foggy.