Friday, 20 July 2018

Drought continues, a drive to the hills...



Friday and some light rain , the first rain for several weeks, the previous evening i went a drive with M up to the Whiteadder Reservoir in the Lammermuir hills,


The water level is low but not as low as i thought it would be, the Whiteadder Reservoir holds over 1.7 Million US Gallons and a dept of approx 64 feet,
There is a ruin of Kingside School and the farm of Milknowe which was submerged when the Whiteadder water was dammed and the area flooded creating the Reservoir which filled in 1968...


You can see the school and farm marked on this OS map from the early 1960`s...

Kingside School in the 1960`s prior to flooding...
(Pic - John Gray Centre)




Today the road to the school can be traced, a faint track  leads to the water edge...


Here the remains of tarmac


Somewhere behind M is the school, water needs to get to lower levels before it is revealed...



Heading home and an amazing sky over East Lothian...


Hardly any water in the burns...



More soon...

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Midweek Cycle; post work wanderings...And another WW2 Bunker discovered!...



Busy day at work and good to get in an hour or so ride to the coast...
Circus here again this summer for a couple of days...


Down through New Mains Farm...



The ground is so dry with the lack of rain in recent weeks...

Beyond the former WW2 GCI Radar station which is now a private residence is the R7 ROTOR Radar Well, this is a MK II R7 single room well that housed the equipment for the Radar that sat on top. You can read about this type of Radar here;  radarpages.co.uk


This Well bunker/room was open to the public and being half filled with rain water and with rusty ladders dangerous - if a ladder collapsed someone would not be able to get out. So i was asked to arrange for the local builders to seal the lids last year. Before doing so i did a bit film with the Go Pro camera on the mono pod to document it. But the water was a bit murky to see much, chairs and table and lights and conduct were all there...




You can read about Dirleton GCI  on the East Lothian at War website




Moving on and down to Yellowcraig...







Parched!...




Real close muggy weather as i left the coast and returned to the van...


Here is some film of the short loop,
Song is `Open Heart Surgery` by The Brian Jonestown Massacre


Surly Pugsley; Midweek Cycle, July 2018 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

More soon...

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Back on the coast...


Back home and good to get back out on the coast again...
9am low tide and  across Aberlady Bay and loads to see as i rode out across the exposed sands...



These rocks sit in the middle of the bay above the sand bar, probably the highest points in the bay...




With the Peffer estuary so shallow with the recent dry weather it was possible to ford the Peffer at Kilspindie and ride past the remains of artifacts from where once the port of Haddington with pier  was...






Re crossing the Peffer i followed the water and crossed the sands towards the Reserve bridge...




A gravel track across the bay North to south marks the spot of the once tidal crossing across the bay...


This is the route of the old route...



In the grass under a Hawthorn tree is a cut stone, a reminder of an old passing...


picking up the route across Luffness golf course towards Gala Law,  you can read more about this old lost road here; An old road and tidal crossings...



Down and onto the JMW and soon back in Gullane...


Wee film,
Song is `Song That i Heard` by The Barr Brothers


Beachride; Aberlady Bay, July 2018 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Roadtrip; Isle of Harris Western Beaches



It has been 9 years since i took my then new first Fatbike beach riding on the Western Isles.
2 nights and a full day riding the beaches of western Harris has been overdue and friend Craig joined me for a Roadtrip. Bikes in the van we headed to the Isle of Skye with one stop on route at a famous memorial...





Up on Skye we stopped of to see good friend Dave S and family before driving across to Uig and leaving the van caught the evening ferry across the minch, instead of a 6.30pm departure the ferry had to have somw work done and it was 9pm before we departed...


Across the Minch and mirky mist added to that feeing of adventure a ferry trip can give, crossing to another island always feels like more of an adventure...


It was nearly dark as we rode from Rarbert and headed by road across to Luskentyre on the western coast of Harris, with head torches on we found a suitable pitch and with Craig's tarp up using the bikes were soon in our bevy bags out of the light drizzle and sound asleep after a 6 hour drive and long day...



Next morning`s light revealed a lovely machair field  of flowers including Orchids...



Stove on and Breakfast made we packed up and after a ride around the penulsia of  machair we had pitch on we rode west along the coast...








Awesome view...


Impressive Stone holiday houses...



Past Borve and heading for the `main course`...




`Triaigh Scarasta` beach...



As you can see the beach was really soft above the tide line due to all the dry weather like back home, it was nearly un ridable here but fine once lower down on wetter sand...







Awesome...






Fields of machair...



Croft fields...



Across to the southern end and a cycle along above the small bays to the ruin medieval chapel and put the stove on for a spot of lunch...









Across the tracks back to the beach...




We then returned to Luskentyre and cycled around to the northern end along the coffin road and found a suitable pitch to camp....





Again the beach here was soft and at high tide there was little easy riding to do but still plenty sand elsewhere!...






Between dunes i found these two old cars dumped upside down, looked very old...



Then right on cue around 9pm the clouds out at sea parted and we were rewarded a spectacular sunset...



 10.30pm...



Next morning we packed up and left early to ride the 10 miles back over to Tarbert to catch the only ferry of the day at 11.30am...


It was dark when we cycled the other evening so now you can see the contrast between west and east Harris, the east coast all rock and water, peat is cut here for heating...



We passed the start of `The Golden Road` which i previously cycled on my first visit here 9 years ago, the road is reputed to be named so because of the cost to construct...


Taking of roads the surfaces here are superb, no pot holes and well made, though the rock used here being some of the oldest in the world is also hard wearing, ideal for the winter s up here...



Into Tarbert and a couple of hours to relax, eat and chill waiting for the ferry...


Sun came out as we headed back across the Minch for Skye... still a 6 hour drive home but worth it...



Here is some film from the trip,
Song is `Scotland's Shame` by Mogwai



Cycling the Western beaches of the Isle of Harris, July 2018 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.




More soon...