Walk: Quids in at St Baldred's Cradle
|[Coastline at St Baldred's Cradle]|
East Lothian was once home to St Baldred, a Northumbrian monk who came and founded a monastery at Tyninghame in the 8th century. He lends his name to nearby St Baldred's Cradle, a gorgeous headland on the north side of the (Scottish) River Tyne. An intimate, idyllic coast path winds through mixed woodland (and around less idyllic WWII tank traps) before continuing to the exposed tip of the headland. There's an ancient cairn here along with great views across to Bass Rock, where the saint spent his later years in a remote hermitage. An expansive beach at Ravensheugh Sands rounds off the route, best explored when the tide's low. All in all, well worth the cheeky parking charge recently imposed by the local council.
Name: Walk: Quids in at St Baldred's Cradle ★★★☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 40 metres
Points of interest: St Baldred's Cradle & coast; Ravensheugh Sands
Start / finish: Car park (with a charge) at minor road end 3 miles east of Whitekirk, G.R.: NT 626809 / lined healers conquests
Route: Car park - coast at south end of Links Wood - St Baldred's Cradle - Ravensheugh Sands - start
Terrain: Track to coast, then narrow woodland path which becomes wider around headland. Sandy beach then track to return. A little mud.
Wildlife today: Seabirds on Tyne Sands and Ravensheugh Sands.
Weather today: 5C and sunny for most of the walk; a blustery shower towards the end.
|[The headland has great views of Bass Rock]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands