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Berwickshire Coastal Path - our holiday

31st Aug 2016 by Jon Monks

Berwickshire Coastal Path: 14th to 18th July 2016

While walking at St. Abbs Head, on a visit to a friend who lives in the Scottish Borders I picked up the leaflet on the coastal path, at the community tea room. The beautiful landscape inspired me to think about walking the coastal path with my husband Simon. When I found that Shepherds Walk holidays were offering a self guided walk in 2016, I decided to book the holiday.

My memories of the walking holiday, 7 weeks on, are reflected in my article

• Arriving by train in Berwick on Tweed and walking to our accommodation by the Quays and watching a group of fishermen salmon fishing on the River Tweed.

• Next morning, looking forward to the the walk; and meeting Jon Monks who took us to the start of the walk at Cockburnspath. We enjoyed meeting him, finding out more about Shepherds Walks, his ideas and passion for walking and GPS !

• We started walking, and meet some workmen who we talked to, with their own directions to Pease Bay. We looked for and followed the Coast path blue waymark sign along the coastal path, looking out to the ever changing sea, sometimes light blue, sometimes indigo blue/grey.

• I took photos of foxgloves, gently blowing in the wind, the landscape, and we enjoyed the peace, meeting no other walkers on the first part of our walk to Coldingham Sands.

• The atmosphere and beauty of St. Abbs Head, the up and down of the high cliffs and the special atmosphere of Pettico Wick and Nature Reserve at early evening as the sun was setting was very special.

• The final mile to our next accommodation at Coldingham Sands as the sun came out at the end of our first day and the warm welcome from Bill, the owner was much appreciated by us. We loved the beautiful house and gardens and ate fish and chips outside watching the sun go down over the sea. We loved the house and accommodation with its views over the coastline, beach huts, and I enjoyed hearing the sound of the sea while having a lovely bath. !

• Next day we set out to walk to Eyemouth and on to Marshalls Meadows, stopping off in Eyemouth for lunch. We discovered that Eyemouth was celebrating its annual Herring Festival, boats sailing out of the harbour, a Herring Queen and lots of people enjoying the celebrations. We walked along the cliff top walk to Burnmouth, dramatic, the sun was shining, passing a few walkers and through a Nature Reserve where fulmars and peregrines can sometimes be spotted. Still, peaceful and “wild”.

• As we came to Marshsalls Meadows, we were into our stride on our second day and were so enthusiastic that, despite looking at the map we continued to follow the footpath sign to Berwick. We meet a walker who told us that we needed to walk back to our accommodation for the night as we had walked too far! Simon said he was our walking angel!

• And finally the last day, cloudy skies as we set off walking into Berwick; walking very near the coastline, along field edges, Needles Eye, and we saw a pod of Dolphins swimming north along the coast; a wonderful and surprising sight.

• And so to Berwick after a very well organized self guided walk from Shepherds Walk, with excellent accommodation which we would thoroughly recommend to other walkers.

Mary Squires

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