From Druridge Country Park to Cresswell….

Not quite such a nice day today but dry with a little bit of blue sky here and there. Today we set off for Druridge Country Park, not wanting to pay car park fees we parked up in a little place called Red Row and walked the mile or so through the park to the beach.

There were less people around today so Poppydog got her freedom pass as soon as we arrived on the beach and was gone!!

Apart from a couple of streams forcing us (well me actually) off the beach briefly to find a bridge to get across it was beach walking all the way.

Even the sun came out to join us for awhile …

As we got towards the end of Druridge Bay which ends at Cresswell, we decided to leave the last bit for another day.

And with a last look back along this beautiful beach we took the coastal path route back to the Country Park and completed this 8.5 mile walk back to the car.

A wander through Archerfield’s Estate and Dirleton…..

A bit of a showery start to the day, but that soon passed through, leaving us with a greyish day. A break away from the beach today we decided to take a walk along the John Muir Way from site. As a slight detour we wandered around the exclusive Archersfield Estate with some pretty huge houses but somehow feeling a little soulless – somehow a sign saying ‘Slow children playing’ didn’t seem very likely !

Next stop on our little meander was the Walled Garden – nice dog friendly cafe and artisan shop – oh yes and Walked Garden.

We then walked into Dirleton a very pretty old village centred around the castle (hidden behind trees but the wall looked very nice!).

A stolen glimpse through the gate at the gardens beyond.

And a large village green, edged with pretty flower endorsed cottages.

A rather imposing Doocot or Pidgeon House stands within the castle grounds.

And now the sun is out, it is time for us to wander back to site. A very pleasant 6.5 mile stroll.

Enjoying a few days off in this glorious weather…..

Sunday dawned (well around 8.30 ish!) with a swirly mist, one minute we were if gorgeous sunshine and the next shrouded in mist – quite bizarre, though nice and warm. As we ventured down to the main beach, Broad Sands, the beach was busy but all swirly in mist.

As we walked a bit further along to ‘Our beach – Eyebroughy’ it was clearing nicely and a stunning afternoon on this deserted beach was our destination.

The sea is on its way out and beautifully clear and flat calm – perfect for playing in the shallows and on the empty firm sand.

Monday was a perfect day, hot and sunny and a little quieter as it is not a Bank Holiday here in Scotland and all the local children are back at school.

It came as no surprise to find our beach empty, though only probably a mile or so along the footpath from the main car park this seems to be enough to deter most.

This beach is such a find, absolutely beautiful – I am hard pushed to think of a nicer one – especially as we always seem to get it to ourselves!

A good day for a bit of a paddle.

Now if only I could find away to persuade Poppydog to lie in the shade and relax!

Still with 3 tennis balls and the thrower, I can almost manage the odd sit down in the sun!

Tuesday – yet another glorious day, so we headed straight along to ‘our’ beach and enjoyed another peaceful afternoon in the sun, even venturing out for a bit of a dip (not an actual swim but a good dunk!) a couple of times.

We really are having a bit of a holiday within a huge holiday – what a fabulous place we have found!

Fidra Island looking rather splendid.

Broad Sands looking much quieter and absolutely stunning with Bass Rock (on the right) and Craigleith Islands in the background.

Two thoughts of the day:

Thank you to the lovely person who found the dog bowl I dropped on my way down to the beach and had the foresight to place it on a post in full view.

Thank you to everyone else for walking by and leaving it there for me to find some four hours later!

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.