Berwickshire Coastal Footpath - Eyemouth to St Abbs
The Berwickshire coastal footpath runs from Berwick upon Tweed to Dowlaw and Fast Castle. This article covers the Eyemouth to St Abbs section.
From Eyemouth head north along the beach and up the steps to the eastern edge of Eyemouth holiday Park, which then provides the option of walking around the various tracks that criss cross the grassy banks of the main Fort, and then continues around to Corn fort along Hairy Ness. At this point the coastal path continues right on the edge of the cliff top above Killiedraught Bay.
At the corner of Killiedraught Bay there is a track down which gives beach access if you want to do a spot of sun bathing or rock pooling.
The main coastal path is then easy to follow along the top of the cliffs, but offers an extra diversion keeping close to the coast itself at Callercove Point. Inland from the coast path proper is the strangely named Pocklaw Slap, which provides an inland loop and a link to Hallydown Farm for anyone not wanting to walk to Coldingham or St Abbs.
At Hallydown Farm, the path is further inland and the steps and track lead down onto Linkim Shore cutting through some quite wild landscape. Again, it can be slippery, so tread carefully if in doubt.
The path across Linkim passes one of the commemorative Black Friday Heritage brass rubbing points, nearby to the path that cuts up from the shore to Fleurs Farm and towards Milldown Farm. The beach at Linkim is a pleasant one and many walkers take a break here before the fairly strenuous climb up steps to Yellow Craig Head and then on round the promontory to the little beach with Milldown Burn at its northern end.
The coast path continues over the burn and up the grassy bank of Yellow Craig Head and Homeli Knoll, and then down into the beautiful sandy expanse of Coldingham Bay.
From here you can continue across the beach heading for the steps signposted St Abbs or head off the beach towards Coldingham village.
At the top of the steps it is just a short walk round the headland and into St Abbs village and down into the harbour. Known originally as Coldingham Shore, the name was changed by agreement of the laird of Northfield, Andrew Usher, of the brewery family.
Scottish Borders Council have produced a booklet showing the path along with other local walks.
This can be downloaded free of charge from the web site.Click here to download.
Adapted from 'Round Eyemouth - A guide for visitors and locals.
Published by Enabler Publications. The book provides information, photos and maps for locals and visitors, covering the coast area from Alnwick to Dunbar, and inland as far as Duns and Coldstream, with maps and descriptions of walks in and around Coldingham.
Copies available at shops and pubs in the local area or direct from the publisher at www.enablerpublications.co.uk