7/07/18 North Berwick ‘A’ Peter Gilliland ‘B’ Kathleen Gilliland
On another dry, hot and sunny day 43 members travelled to Scotland for coastal walks after stopping for coffee in Alnwick. The ‘A’ party, 11 in number, alighted the coach on the A198 at a junction called Gauger’s Bush. This road led to Ravensheugh Sands. The coach continued through North Berwick to Dirleton. Here, 28 members set off on the ‘B’ walk following stony tracks to the lovely beach at Yellow Craig. The beach was busy on this beautiful warm day and we sat in the dunes for lunch. The John Muir Way was followed over a nature reserve covered in the bright purple vipers buglosss and orchids. We crossed cut corn fields to reach the outskirts of North Berwick with massive individually built houses which at one time were holiday homes for the wealthy in Edinburgh. We skirted the perimeter of a golf course and walked along the beach to reach the Seabird Centre. Several people were eager to get back to North Berwick for the 3pm kickoff in the World Cup quarter finals between England and Sweden. The walk finished at 2.50pm – perfect timing. The match ended with England winning 2 – 0. There was plenty of time to enjoy the glorious weather and to wander around. Plenty of people enjoyed the delicious Italian gelato ice-cream where the shop offered over 50 different flavours. The ‘A’ party got back in plenty of time as well. Everyone met up at a prearranged point and we all walked together back to the coach park which was situated on the top of a hill in the rugby club car park. Flowers: bindweed, convolvulus, crosswort, dog rose, field scabious, hawkweed, heath bedstraw, honeysuckle, meadow cranesbill, orchid.