It was April 2017 when I last posted on here and as I’ve just had a reminder from wordpress that my annual subscription is due….I thought I’d see if anyone was still out there!
Lots of stuff going on in the last year, none of which I’m talking about here except to say that my ricketiness has extended to my feet – which is pretty poor news for a walker! However, I have a lovely acupuncturist who is working hard to help me get better and today Mr RR and I did our first good walk for a long time. It was going to be just 4 miles and ended up being nearly 7 (!) which is probably a bit more than I wanted to do….but we made it back (well I hobbled) to Bamburgh for tea and shortbread which is the important thing!
Anyway – let me know if you’re reading and I’ll see if I recover enough to try another ramble later this week.
Sunday, September 9th 2018
Bamburgh to Budle Bay circular (7 miles – which included some wandering about the beach)
The Lindisfarne Nature Reserve in Budle Bay:
Home to hundreds of birds but it was really difficult to take pictures because of the high winds and also my failure to charge my camera before we left home!
Well, it’s been a while but yesterday we ventured out in the beautiful spring sunshine and did a 7 mile circular walk from Coldingham via St Abbs Head. You can read more about walks we did in the area here: Coldingham Walk ; and more about St Abbs Head and Mire Loch here: St Abbs Head.
So today we did the whole circuit combining the Coldingham and St Abbs Head walks, in the glorious sunshine and accompanied most of the way by the incessant guttural cacophony from thousands and thousands of Guillemot which were perched precariously all along the rocky coast. Continue reading →
We were almost defeated by the torrential rain today, almost but not quite! Having taken a whisky distillery tour at Lochranza Distillery during the worst of the weather, we decided to go for it between showers. And we were lucky……we stayed dry. As we were in Lochranza anyway we took a walk along the coast and then up over the hills, looking for the elusive ‘Fairy Dell’ before descending again into Lochranza. About 4 miles I think – although the pedometer has packed up so its just guesswork (I judge distances by the pain in my feet and knees these days!!).
Today we visited Lochranza (Loch = lake; ranza = norse for Rowan Tree) where there is not only amazing scenery, but a whisky distillery which has a particularly lovely restaurant. We had delicious Split Pea and Courgette Soup followed by their famous Warm Brownie and Arran Gold Ice Cream…….scrumptious! Though not particularly conducive to being followed by rambling! However, we managed a couple of miles along Catacol Burn towards Gleann Diomhan before the rain came down and the lateness of the hour sent us back again the way we came (I’m not mentioning the fact that someone forgot the map and walk book….). We were very lucky and tracked down the source of the bellowing which followed us along the way to the local stag population.
Mr RR and I are having a wee break on the beautiful Isle of Arran. Today we walked 8 miles around Lamlash and the Clauchland Hills before a trip to see the Glenashdale Falls at Whiting Bay. Here are some highlights:
Route: From St Abbs National Trust Car Park, along coast path to St Abb’s Headland and then inland alongside Mire Loch.
Distance: 4.5 miles/7 km
What a stunning walk! Despite the rain and fog, this may be one of the best walks yet since we’ve been in Scotland.
Following on from last week’s ramble to Coldingham Sands, we decided to explore the coastline further. This National Nature Reserve managed by the National Trust for Scotland is just along the road. At some point we’ll put them together to make one longer day out – with soup and sandwiches in our back packs I think!
Route: From Coldingham village to Coldingham Sands, along the coast path to St Abbs and back to Coldingham via the Creel Path.
In 616AD Aethelfrith, first King of Northumberland, was killed in battle. His family, including his daughter Æbbe fled northwards finally settling on Iona where they were converted to Christianity. Later Æbbe established a community of monks and nuns at Kirkhill – now known as St Abb’s Head.