From Prestonpans to Seton Sands…

A strange day today, the breeze had dropped some, it was warm and though it looked grey it was actually mostly sunny – very nice and pleasant for walking in. We parked up on the far side of Prestonpans and walked along the John Muir Way along the shore from Morrison’s Haven.

We wandered along the shore side of Prestonpans on an old concrete walkway (a bit worn and seaweed covered in places) with a mix of rocks and sandy patches.

Prestonpans main beach is a stony foreshore and at low tide a large area of rocky outcrops and rock pools.

A bit further along and we arrive at another mostly stony beach as we reach the combined villages of Cockenzie and Port Seton.

Cockenzie Harbour with lighter craft.

The original natural harbour of Cockenzie now a pretty little stony, very sheltered beach and at high tide probably a great place for a swim.

And Port Seton with it’s large commercial trawlers.

Beyond Port Seton we arrive at Seton Sands a long beach with gradually more and more sand in amongst the rocks.

Not the most picturesque walk we have made and the beaches are certainly not up to the beauty of East Aberlady and beyond! But an enjoyable 7.5 mile walk.

Two thoughts of the day:

I am feeling rather proud, as my son has just qualified as an Accountant!

Are we in for a lovely weekend?

A lovely afternoon on Eyebroughy Beach…

A lovely day for us, not full on sunshine, quite hazy and some light cloud but lovely and warm. So we decided on a trip to the beach, armed with tennis balls, thrower, cold drink for me and water for Poppydog, we set off. Planning to find an empty space we took a quick look down on Broad Sands and as suspected this beach was very busy.

Next stop was Longskelly Beach and though empty! How mad!

We decided to continue a bit further to Eyebroughy Beach to enjoy the large expanse of wet sand, ideal for ball throwing!

There were a few others on the beach, mostly just passing through so it was quite Poppydog friendly and we spent a lovely few hours enjoying the sun and paddling in the shallows.

Poppydog did not stop and is suitably shattered tonight.

We might just do the same tomorrow!

Two thoughts of the day:

The WiFi here is almost non existent and even 4G is struggling to upload photos so bear with me.

Another great day forecast for tomorrow – ideal.

From Aberlady to Gosford Sands….

A mostly grey day for us and still that rather irritating wind! Ah well, onwards! Aiming to pick up where we left off yesterday we drove to the outskirts of Aberlady, intending to continue our beach walk – however…

What wasn’t apparent when we were on Aberlady Beach yesterday was that the inner part of the bay is largely a sandy mud inlet with the Peffer Burn running across and along the high tide line, making it difficult to get out onto the beach proper.

Though we did get there by walking along past Kilspindie Golf Club to Aberlady Point, where we managed to cross the burn onto the sand.

There was absolutely no one about so Poppydog was soon a little dot in the distance, leaving a cross cross of footsteps as she went.

The sand is not as nice as it was on the other side of the bay, coarser and a bit muddy in places and the wind was battering us head on.

We stuck with it, walking around Craigelaw Point and were rewarded with the magical sight of about 15 seals basking in the sunshine on the beach, we didn’t go any closer and I made sure Poppydog was entertained chasing balls well away from them – but how magical?

And then we found our own little island – Green Craig From where I could keep an eye on the seals…

And Poppydog could just run herself ragged as again this beach (Craig Beach?) is empty!

We pressed on a bit further and onto Gosford Sands.

Another large expanse of sand though again a bit muddy in places. By now, however I have had enough of this wind and so we walked back inland and completed our 5.5 mile walk along the John Muir Trail.

Two thoughts of the day:

So many beaches here are unnamed so I am using a little poetic license in naming them based on what they are near!

Our little island was only about 10m by 2m and surrounded by sand but it did feel like a little adventure!

Gullane to Aberlady…

A bit of a grey day today, warm out of the wind but dry until early evening which is fine by us. Today we popped down the road to Gullane (very much a golfers paradise) and found parking easily down a residential street. We set off from where we left off yesterday and wandered down through the strip of grassland and the dunes onto this wonderful expanse of sand.

As we have covered the east side of the beach, today we set off to the west.

The beach was pretty empty so Poppydog could run free, though with a distinct lack of stones she had to make do with a ball!

At the end of the beach, at Gullane Point there is another beach with lots of shells and rock pools as the rocky outcrops are exposed by the low tides.

Perfect for Poppydog to take a moment to cool off from all her running around.

The point itself is rocky so a footpath takes you across the dunes and then….

Aberlady Bay a huge stretch of low tide sand – possibly a few people in the distance not sure but a massive Poppydog play ground.Yes that is her – the little speck in the distance!

For a while we found a little inlet to shelter from the wind.Before making our way back, ahead of the forecast rain. Another 5.5 miles of splendid beach.Two thoughts of the day:

Maybe the reason why these beaches are so empty is simply because there are so many of them – which would you choose if you lived close by?

How irritating is I-player tempting you with being able to watch the rest of the series ahead of its TV showing – mindyou if your WiFi was as bad as mine usually is – not much of a temptation!

A stunning walk along the shore to Gullane….

At last the wind seems to be letting up and a mostly sunny day was in store for us. With the sun on our faces we wandered down to Broad Sands, looking breathtakingly beautiful at low tide…..

Today we turned left and soon popped around the headland to Longskelly Beach which was again deserted.

At the end of this beach we ventured up onto the dunes to get around the Weaklaw Rocks and clambered down (the last few metres with the assistance of a rope!) onto this amazing expanse of sand….

Eyebroughy Beach, backed by a small bank of pebbles and dunes and a golf course beyond that was completely empty.

Poppydog had an absolute ball!

And I am completely blown away by the absolute beauty and the fact that no one else is on it?

Part way along the beach is this magnificent cairn…

Though quite what it marks with its propellor on the seaward side, remains a mystery as there was no accompanying plaque.

If we had been a bit earlier the tide goes out far enough to allow you to walk to Eyeboughy Island briefly so maybe another day.

Though Fidra clearly always remains an island!

Around the next corner lies yet another long sandy beach – Muirfield Beach (as it is backed by part of Muirfield Golf Course!) with what looks like some pretty ominous clouds just beyond!

A stunning beach.

We press on (regardless) towards the black clouds, dipping down onto one of the smaller coves at Black Rocks.

And then the black clouds gave up their burden as we looked across at Gullane Bay – ah well we will come back another day to see it properly!

At this point we made our way inland to follow the John Muir Way to complete this 8.5 mile walk back to site and the rain kept us company most of the way – how sweet!

Two thoughts of the day:

Steam drying in the sunshine could be a new trend?

This area is certainly on my list of beautiful places – these beaches are quite incredible.