A lovely Autumnal walk along Coatham Sands….

A wet night and a snivelly rain accompanied us on our morning walk which was pleasant! To really seal the mornings fate, Poppydog decided that she didn’t want to get her bed damp so she would snuggle up on mine instead – how kind? Still it dried up during the morning and by midday we were on our way to Coatham our first beach south of the Tyne. Parking along the front was free (from October to April – quite sensible really) and we walked along the Promenade southwards to take a sneak preview of Redcar Sands…

A lovely long stretch of sand as far as the eye can see – we will be back to take a proper look, but today we are walking northwards towards the Tyne and here again sand as far as the eye can see!

Let’s ignore the steel plant at the back if the dunes and enjoy this fabulous almost empty beach.

Poppydog as free as a bird, though quite a bit noisier…

The sun made a fleeting appearance every now and then as we made our way along the beach. Towards the far end of the beach we ventured into the low dunes searching for a footpath across to Bran Sands a beach tucked behind this one on the river. We found a little Marina and could see the rather muddy looking beach beyond but with no obvious access.

We returned through the dunes to Coatham Sands.

Walking to where the beach ended at South Gare Breakwater (protecting the river entrance) before making our way back along the beach as the sun was gradually setting, tingeing the clouds above the Windfarm with pink…

As there seems to be very little dry sand, I imagine this beach more or less disappears at high tide as with the half moon rising over the dunes we made our way back to the car.

A great dog walking beach and lovely 8 mile walk.

A walk along Longniddry Bents…..

A rather cloudy and very windy day today. As we needed to pop into a retail park in Edinburgh later, we decided to take a look at Longniddry Bents. Now the tides are a little against us at the moment and were fairly fully in but as we got down to the beach, we were pleased to find a long strip of soft sand.

The wind was blowing straight down the beach and was pretty fierce not that it stopped Poppydog from dashing into the waves.

At the end of the beach we were separated from Seton Sands by a stream crossing the beach.

Poppydog is quite fascinated with rolling around and hiding in the marram grass.

In the meantime the sky and sea is looking pretty angry, perhaps it is time for us to head back.

Two thoughts of the day:

A new phone and a new Dyson- guess which one I will be playing with first!

Uploading photos for this blog is a bit of a chore at the moment as the signal strength is almost non existent at this site.

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?