Walk: Haddington to East Linton - frolick along the Tyne
|[River Tyne near Hailes Castle]|
This occasionally muddy, riverside ramble in East Lothian links the attractive settlements of Haddington and East Linton. Much of the scenery is undramatic (though perfectly pleasant), but there are a wealth of historic attractions visited by the path along the River Tyne to add a little spice to the outing. A thriving 14th century church is soon followed by a 12th century ruined one - and that's before you've even left Haddington. Later on are a succession of old mills, some slowly falling apart and others converted into houses. Hailes Castle is a real surprise: a substantial, tumbledown residence towering over the opposite bank, which is easily visited by a short detour (included on the route map below). It was also nice to spot a good variety of ducks beyond the ubiquitous mallard - though the numerous goosanders we happened across didn't seem to like being photographed!
|[Hailes Castle, seen from across the river]|
📌 Walk: Haddington to East Linton - frolick along the Tyne ★★☆☆☆
Length: 11 km / 7 miles
Ascent: 50 metres
Points of interest: Haddington & town sights; River Tyne; Hailes Castle; East Linton
Start: High Street (A6093), Haddington town centre, G.R.: NT 516739 ///sports.fancy.belt. N.B. this is not a circular route.
Finish: Bridge End (B1407), East Linton village centre, G.R.: NT 592771 ///grove.rescue.slower
Transport to start: Park at the finish and take a bus to the start (at least hourly, but check times in advance).
Route: Start & Haddington - St Mary's Church & Nungate Bridge - St Martin's Kirk - Abbey Bridge via north bank of River Tyne - Sandy's Mill - Hailes Castle (view from across river) - out-and-back detour to Hailes Castle via bridge just beyond castle - East Linton & finish
Terrain: Almost entirely riverside paths: surfaced cycle track to Abbey Bridge, then narrower grass or mud path. Minor road section for detour to Hailes Castle.
Wildlife today: Lots of goosanders and seagulls; other ducks, swans and cygnets, dippers, sheep, ripe elderberries.
Weather today: Plenty of sunshine between cloud banks, moderate wind, temperature in low teens.
>> Haddington page: Haddington ★★☆☆☆ & town sights
>> Hailes Castle ★★★☆☆
|[Sheep grazing in front of Abbey Mill]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
|[St Mary's Church, Haddington]|
|[Nungate Bridge, Haddington]|
|[St Martin's Kirk, Haddington]|
|[Crossing the River Tyne on the way out of Haddington]|
|[Riverside path near Abbey Mill]|
|[Sandy's Mill - now converted into a home]|
|[Traprain Law (right) across the river]|
|[Detour to Hailes Castle]|
|[Basking in the sunshine]|
|[Passing underneath the A1]|
|[An imaginative flight of steps]|
|[Approaching East Linton]|