This was a different walk from than the usual for Si and me, but it was unexpectedly wonderful surprise. The mix of industrial, coastal and forest scenery added up to feel quite unique and magical somehow – like we were travelling through a story.
The walk is called the John Muir link path, as it used to be the end of the John Muir Way (when the JMW was just in East Lothian, rather than a coast-to-coast path across Scotland). Now it links the two pretty towns of Dunbar and Cocksburnpath, as well as linking up to the Berwickshire Coast Path and the Southern Upland Way.
After leaving Dunbar behind and a brief walk on the edge of the golf course, we were soon on our way along the East Lothian coast. There are great views, even with the concrete plant behind you and the power plant to come.
The Barns Ness lighthouse provides some drama (as did the ever-changing sky!). The lighthouse is one of the many designed by a relation of Robert Louis Stevenson – this time his cousin. (RLS fan/nerd side note: five members of the Stevenson family designed over 80 lighthouses in Scotland, and RLS’ father was apparently disappointed that his son didn’t become a lighthouse engineer – lucky for us Kidnapped fans, he didn’t listen to his dad!
Next, it was on to the Torness Power Station, which we didn’t think would be a highlight of the walk, but it was eerily cool (see above and below pics). There was no one else about; we felt like we were in some apocalypse film set. It was somehow really fun – who would have guessed?
Then it was back to the beautiful East Lothian coast, with beautiful blue skies and lovely sand.
Couldn’t resist this attempt at an arty picture!
Heading inland to Cocksburnpath next, we came across a lovely wooded glen, and were surprised by this gorgeous waterfall. (There are advantages to not reading ahead of time about the walk!)
Then we had another unexpected vista. The walk takes you under a A1 motorway bridge – not a part of the walk I was really looking forward to. But there were three bridges – two lovely and one okay – and lots of stunning scenery right below all three. We’ll never drive down south again without realising all the beauty just below!
We made it to Cocksburnpath just in time for the last bus home – luckily, as we hadn’t checked the schedule or anything clever like that. So no time once again for a brew reward of any kind – sigh! We’re saving them up…
You can find more on this walk on Walk Highlands site at http://bit.ly/2m8dg It’s just over 10 miles long (we’re trying to get fit again!).