Walk: Quids in at St Baldred's Cradle

East Lothian | Whitekirk | Short walk | ★★★

[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.

[Ravensheugh Sands]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Quids in at St Baldred's Cradle ★★★
Start / finish at minor road end 3 mi east of Whitekirk, G.R.: NT 626809 ///lined.healers.conquests
❌ No public transport within 1 mi. Bus stops on A198 at beach turnoff (1.5 mi) | 🚗 Car park (charge)

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 40 m | ⌚ Short
Features: St Baldred's Cradle & coast; Ravensheugh Sands
Easy | Track to coast, then narrow woodland path, later widening. Sandy beach then track for return. A little mud.

Route: Start - coast at south end of Links Wood - St Baldred's Cradle - Ravensheugh Sands - start


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On our visit

Wildlife: Seabirds on Tyne Sands and Ravensheugh Sands.
Weather: 5°C and sunny for most of the walk; a blustery shower towards the end.

[The headland has great views of Bass Rock]

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