SB Connect Winter 2016

Explore the beautiful Berwickshire Coastal Path

A new book for Berwickshire in the Paths Around series of walks and rides is now available.

Paths around Eyemouth and the Berwickshire Coastal Path includes 12 routes of varying lengths based in and around the settlements of Ayton, Burnmouth, Cockburnspath, Coldingham and Eyemouth.

Berwickshire has a rich coastal landscape, with exciting geology and breathtaking views. Of particular interest is Siccar Point, where James Hutton discovered that the Earth was much older than the biblical 4004BC date. In fact, the Devonian red sandstones were laid down around 345 million years ago.

The coastal strip has varied landscapes for visitors to explore, such as the fine green woodland of Pease Dean. This steep river bank is managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and is a haven for various bird and insect species.

This wooded area and the conifer plantation of Penmanshiel both have the Southern Upland Way running through them.

The booklet is available at a cost of £2 from Tourist Information Centres and other local retail outlets.

Recommended walk

The newly printed booklet offers a number of short, circular walks off the line of the Berwickshire Coastal Path, which runs from Cockburnspath in the north to Berwick Upon Tweed just south of the Scotland-England border.

Why not visit part of the coastal path by taking a walk on the Cockburnspath and Pease Dean Circular.

The suggested route starts in Cockburnspath, just off the A1 north of Eyemouth.

You will follow part of the Southern Upland Way to the coast before following the airy cliff tops along to the wide and sandy Pease Bay.

Pease Bay is a popular caravan park, which has a shop and restaurant.

Leaving this area, you will follow the steep, short path up through Pease Dean, which has a wealth of plants and animals. On leaving the dean, you will cross Pease Bridge. With care, stop and look down into the woodland. The bridge, when it was built in 1783, was reputed to be the highest in Europe.

You will return to your starting point by Cockburnspath Tower and quiet rural tracks and roads. To add distance to your walk, you may choose to start by heading to Dunglass, where a short detour will also take you to Dunglass Collegiate Church, which was founded in 1450 by Sir Alexander Hume.

For more information, email rangers@scotborders.gov.uk or call 01835 826750.