Saturday, 28 October 2017

A circular walk from East Linton

Sometimes you come across a walk somewhere you know really well and have travelled through by car all your life. But by getting out the car and walking, it gives you a whole different perspective. This was the case when David, Bracken and I headed to East Linton one sunny day to do a circular walk from the village to Hailes Castle and back along the river. With family living in Dunbar when I was a child, we regularly travelled there by train and lately by car, along the A1 and past the village, over the river and on Eastwards. 

The fertile lands of East Lothian are well known for their vegetable growing
The fertile lands of East Lothian are well known for their vegetable growing

Parking on the main road just beyond the road to Preston Mill we headed up the wee lane called Langside. At the end of the lane it opens up onto a playing field where we took the path along the right boundary and under the railway. Once on the other side of the railway we turned off the paved path and up the grass path on the field boundary. The gentle climb takes you over a style in a wall and through a gate, past a huge field of cabbage and eventually to the top of the hill where there are wonderful views to north and East. Berwick Law, the Bass Rock, Trapain Law and the Parish church in Dunbar were all easily picked out. 


Berwick Law
Berwick Law

Looking back to East Linton and Dunbar beyond
Looking back to East Linton and Dunbar beyond

Traprain Law
Traprain Law

Now we walked along the pavement along side the original A1 to the top of the hill and the parking area. There were good views of Traprain Law and Hailes Castle from the car park but we were glad when we turned off the road and away from the noisy traffic. Taking the road off to the right we followed it down and under both the old and new A1 towards Overhailes Farm. Once at the farm we followed the wide track past the buildings and cottages and down hill towards the river.

Traprain Law and Hailes Castle
Traprain Law and Hailes Castle

Once at the river it is easy to follow the sign for East Linton and away from the traffic, this was a lovely part of the walk with just birds and plants for company. Don't cross the bridge but pass around it and follow the path past a cottage and on into the trees.

You could take a small detour and explore Hailes Castle before returning to the walk
You could take a small detour and explore Hailes Castle before returning to the walk

Bracken exploring along the river path
Bracken exploring along the river path

Bracken exploring along the river path
There was also plenty Himalayan Balsam

Dappled shade under the trees
Dappled shade under the trees

We saw plenty swans and ducks on the river
We saw plenty swans and ducks on the river

Walking towards the bridge
Walking towards the bridge

Bracken enjoying his walk
Bracken enjoying his walk

Eventually the woodland fell away and the landscape opened up as we walked under the bridge carrying the new road. Once we walked under the next bridge the path goes through the edge of a garden and then we turned left up the lane and onto the main road. From here we crossed over and walked through the main square of the village and back to the car. We enjoyed a lovely lunch at Smeaton Nursery afterwards. The walk is about 4 miles long and not too strenuous. 


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A walk up Traprain Law






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