The world at our feet

Trip Start May 29, 2013
Trip End Sep 30, 2013

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Aberlady Caravan Park
What I did
North Berwick
North Berwick Law

Flag of United Kingdom  , Scotland,
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Today we visit North Berwick. It's a laid back little fishing town. We take a stroll along the harbour and out onto the rocky outcrops. Here we can see a few small islands including Bass Rock which is known for its gannet colonies. We pass the ruin of St Andrews church, abandoned around 1700 when half of it fell into the sea. The beach looks nice but far too chilly for a swim right now. We make for the far end of the beach which is slightly elevated - a great place for morning coffee.

We've had our lunch and I suggest a walk up North Berwick Law, the conical peak behind the town which is over 600ft high. I regret my suggestion the minute the words have stupidly tumbled out of my mouth. Ian is also looking dubious but we really need to make amends for all those cream teas we've had of late.

We start our climb up the law. Don't ask me why they call these volcanic plugs 'laws'. It's as steep as it looks and probably steeper. It's also one of those frustrating hills where you keep thinking you are almost at the top when in fact you are nowhere near. Every peak seems to reveal another. It's also one of those paths which starts off nice and flat and well constructed and soon deteriorates into steep and stoney. Although the signs politely ask us not to deviate from the main route, so many people have that it's hard to tell which is the main track and which is the deviation. We do take the unauthorised route a couple of times but always come back to the right place.

Up at the top we are rewarded with glorious views of the surrounding countryside and the town below. We can just about see the Fife coastline despite the fact that it's overcast. We also view a ruined cottage, the remains of a WW2 artillery pill box and a giant replica whale bone (which Ian mistook for a Macdoalds). Why is it there? We have no idea! We scramble over the rocks to the trig point and a stone with brass plaque with all the view points etched into it.

We meet quite a lot of other people on our walk. Must be a popular place, comments Ian. Yes, especially as there's damn all else to do here :-) And actually it turns out we'll be here for a week as it's the English Bank Holiday weekend and not a single campsite pitch to be found in miles of our next destination. The Scots had their bank holiday at the beginning of August and their kids go back to school tomorrow so we are going to stay put here, otherwise we really will be 'of no fixed abode'.
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