St Abb’s Head and Mire Loch

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Date: 28th September 2016

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!

I hope you enjoy reading about it:

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Coldingham Priory circular via St Abbs

Date: 21st September 2016

Route: From Coldingham village to Coldingham Sands, along the coast path to St Abbs and back to Coldingham via the Creel Path.

Distance: 6.39km/4miles


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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.

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North Berwick – on the beach…

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Yesterday we took advantage of the sunshine – even though there was no thaw in sight – and travelled north for just under an hour to North Berwick in East Lothian.  No snow here but it was freezing cold…..bracing is the word!

Sometimes we catch the bus from North Berwick to Aberlady, a beautiful village on the Firth of Forth with excellent bird watching.  Then we walk back across golf courses and through woodland until we reach the coast path back to North Berwick which is a fair old distance!  Or we might get off the bus at Dirleton, a hamlet a little way inland and about 5 miles out of North Berwick.  There are lovely castle gardens and a tea room to take advantage of before making our way back along the beach.   Continue reading

The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Penrose Estate

Saturday, 26th September 2015

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Things are warming up around here in more ways than one!  The sun has decided to shine and for the last couple of days its been just like Summer.  Also, we’re hoping to move to Scotland before the end of October so it’s going to get a little too busy for walking and blogging.

Sadly I have to concede defeat and admit that I’m not going to make it to 1000 miles this year.

Never mind, there’s a whole new world of walking out there just waiting for me and Mr RR!  As soon as we’ve got ourselves settled in, I daresay we’ll be off on some lovely new walkabouts.

Meanwhile, it’s going to get a little quiet on the blog…..but here are a few miles to keep you going until I get back to it all again.

See you in Scotland!

The  (Notso) Wee Ricketyrambler


The Lost Gardens of Heligan (3 miles) and The Penrose Estate (6 miles)

We took ourselves up to the Lost Gardens last week and had a wander amongst the vegetable gardens and the dahlias:

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I love the Italianate Garden:

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but my favourite thing is the Potting Shed!DSCN2197

I want one!

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Beautiful fungi:

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Marvellous marigolds:

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Fantastic flower gardens still:

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Simply stunning!

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They’ve got a new family of Tamworths who could squeal extremely loudly:

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And a pair of Ostrich:

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Mr RR did the rope bridge walk……but I’ve don’t it before and once is enough!DSCN2223

Then today we took the top path around Penrose, descending for coffee at the Stables Cafe and then returning alongside the lake and Loe Bar.  We saw sparrows – flocks of them – A Quarrel of Sparrows!  Five Great Crested Grebe – A Waterdance of Grebe, a Swim of Cormorants and a Posse of Herons!  Quite a good morning for birds on the whole:

We debated whether they might be Tree Sparrows - but no, I don't think so - just House Sparrows
We debated whether they might be Tree Sparrows – but no, I don’t think so – just House Sparrows
A Swim of Cormorants
A Swim of Cormorants

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The views across to Helston were unusually clear:
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DSCN2235These are Oak apples – a soft spongy ball found on the end of Oak tree twigs.  Inside the apple is divided into cells and in each cell lives a grub, destined to become gall-wasps or flies very soon!

On the way back along the coast path from Loe Bar we noticed hundreds of tiny holes in the bank:

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They went on for quite a way and there were wasps hovering all around.  Despite many tries I was completely unable to get a picture of a wasp! Except this one:

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Can you see it?  On the left hand side – just emerging from it’s hole.

I think these must be Bee-killer wasps!  These insects are voracious predators of Honey Bees – they capture and paralyse them and then carry them back to their nests before laying eggs on them.  The developing larvae then feed on the bee.  Twenty years ago this insect was rare but it is now colonising new habitats throughout England.

Total miles walked this year: 579


PZ57 - mixed media on board
PZ57 – mixed media on board

Artwork for Ricketyrambler by Andrew Major

http://www.andrewmajorart.co.uk

http://www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/Andrew-Major

Perranuthnoe – one last time?

Wednesday, 16th September 2015

Hello again!

We thought we’d take our favourite ramble around Perranuthnoe with a little diversion into Marazion.  It’s a lovely walk this one and we nearly always see some interesting birds foraging in the quiet coves along the way.  And it might be the last time……….that’s what I kept thinking as we walked along.

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Mullion and The Marconi Scandal

Thursday 10th September 2015

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We haven’t had a walk since arriving home from Scotland, it’s been a little busy!  So we head off for a quick scramble around Mullion while the weather holds up. Continue reading

Halzephron Cliffs, Church Cove and Poldhu

Thursday, 27th August 2015

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Goodness me!  I’m so far behind with these blogs!  Usually, as you know, I write them up on the same day as the walk, but we had a quick ramble the day before driving up to Scotland (for a wee bit of exercise before spending a week sat in the car) and then I got so busy checking out house viewing timings and home survey reports that I hardly had time to pack my jimjams let alone write a blog!   Continue reading