Coastal trek for 50+ Walking Group

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On Sunday, October 26,14 members of the over-50s walking club set off from Coldingham on the road to West Loch, popular for fishing.

Following farm tracks in an easterly direction, the ancient hill fort was the first stop, for coffee. It offered a glimpse of the sea before the walkers turned north with the loch now below.

A short climb lead them onto the coastal path, passing the ‘measured mile’ marker poles. Technology has made them redundant but they were crucial for ships’ sea trials in the past. The Mauretania used their positions in 1907 for speed assessment, but sadly they are developing rust in quantity.

After a short, sharp ascent it was easy to reach the lighthouse at St Abb’s Head where its walls gave the group a bit of shelter from the strong gusts of wind. A few boats were spotted, mainly divers about to explore the deep. The walkers preferred the dry land even when it meant a few more steep ascents!

After a wander through the village of St Abb’s, they reached the sandy bay back at Coldingham where only one brave sole dipped their feet in the chilly water!