19/05/2015

You don't need sun to go to the beach

So it's the middle of May and you'd like to think the weather was getting at least a little better, but who are we kidding, this is Scotland! 

If you live here you know you just have to suck it up and get on with things, so the other day we put on our trainers and an extra layer of clothing before heading on my favourite walk in East Lothian at Aberlady Bay.

We parked the car right at the start of the trail and headed out across the bridge which I find rather questionable in terms of stability but that is completely irrational as there is nothing wrong with it! In fact you can see all the planks that have been replaced as the bridge has aged so it is clearly taken care of. 

Anyway once you're over the bridge you walk through a small winding forest. As you come out the other side you can see the golf course sprawling out to the right and are met by a small lake to the left. If you're really lucky you may see some otters and a variety of birds but I think they were all hiding from the cold when we were there. Anyone ever seen anything exciting here? I'm never so lucky.



A little further down the path you can take a left to the beach or go straight on over the golf course. I usually head straight to the beach but we thought we'd be different this time. We managed across the very busy golf course and I definitely think it was the right choice, the view out to the Forth was beautiful.



After admiring the view we headed a little further along the path where we had a choice to make.

























Continue to Gullane point or head back to Aberlady
























We were staring to get a little peckish so of course the only way to proceed was to continue on for a picnic on the beach.























Look we did see another person! that little black dot in the middle of the beach is another human being! I know it was a little bit chilly but its a really popular walk so you would normally expect to find at least a couple of dog walkers. By the time we'd had something to eat we had the entire beach to ourselves.

It wasn't long before my fingers got numb though and gave up fumbling about with my camera. As you can guess the walk back to the car was much quicker than the journey out, the thought of a warm coffee and some lemon tart was just too tempting.





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