Summer walk: St Abbs Head

23/08/14 St Abbs Head – Eyemouth ‘A’ Tom Bell ‘B’ Gillian Walton
On a dry but windy and overcast day 51 members travelled to Scotland stopping for coffee at the Heighley Gate Garden Centre. It was a slow journey on the narrow road between Eyemouth and St Abbs Head. The coach parked behind a row of individual craft shops and cafe.25 members set off on the ‘A’ walk going straight into the nature reserve for an undulating walk to the rocky coast. We stopped for lunch next to the lighthouse and found shelter from the wind behind a wall. Just as we were about to leave, the ‘B’ party (19 in number) appeared. The ‘A’ party continued on to St Abbs village where a cavalcade of 26 motorbikes were just leaving the village – quite a noisy event. Time was available to have a look around the new visitors centre and the harbour. The area is very popular for divers and the harbour was bustling with activity. A few members were able to chat with the harbour master while we regrouped before setting away towards the sandy beach of Coldingham Bay. Here we descended a lot of steps and walked across the beach to ascend steps to the top of the cliffs again. At the edge of a caravan park we admired a huge showman’s vehicle. It was very big and very ornate. Not something you would see everyday. We visted the headland and viewed an old cannon but it was too cold to stop for tea so we carried on to find some shelter. We descended into Eyemouth were the Liftboat Institute was having a fundraising fair. Hot tea and cakes were being served. As we returned to the coach which was parked at the far end of the harbour, we stood and watched several seals being fed from the harbour walls. Quite an unusual sight to see the seals cavorting about. An evening stop in Morpeth tonight.

Flowers: aster, bindweed, broad willowherb, convolvulus, devilsbit scabious, flax, greater knapweed, harebell, hawkweed, heather, ragwort, red campion, rest harrow, sea campion, silverweed, sow thistle, thrift, tormentil, water mint, yarrow and yellow vetchling.

Other: brambles, elderberries, marram grass, pied wagtail and seals in Eyemouth harbour.

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