Sunday, 20 November 2016

Saturday Cycle; Berwickshire trails...


Saturday and i planned a ride over the County Border in Berwickshire. Friend Craig said he was interested in riding somewhere new (to him) and loading his bike on my car we drove the short distance to Cove car park near Cockburnspath. It`s surprising how the coastline can change in under 10 miles from Tyninghame and John Muir Park to the rugged cliff top scenery of Berwickshire and it`s Geology made famous in the 1700`s around Siccar Point by the Scottish Geologist James Hutton, his findings from studying the rocks here on the Berwickshire coastline gave him the name of `The Father of Modern Geology` of how the earths crust was formed by `Deep Time`.
And you can see all along the coast here some amazing rock formations like here at Cove...



Pic by Craig...

Not ideal trail to cycle with gates and steps but it beats tarmac!...



Craig was feeling a bit under the weather so i changed the original ride plan and we rode a short loop which turned out a good idea as riding the signed coastal trail east from Pease Bay proved not to be ideal for cycling, however it did make for a visit to a previously unvisted ruin of a church,
St Helen`s church at Old Cambus is worth a visit to see the 1700 grave stones beside the ruin...





2 Pics by Craig...


Onward and a climb to the road to Redheugh Farm and the zig zag track that descends to the old Salmond Farm past Siccar Point...



I was busy watching the seals in the water and did not look ahead until i nearly cycled into a seal pup with an angry mother!...

I had not planned on the seals being there lying in the winter sun with their protective mothers...

We met a local man who walks here daily and and had an interesting chat about the area before we quietly retreated to climb back up to the farm...

4 pics by Craig...




Craig will need to wait to another visit to see the ruins of the Salmond farm...

2 pics by Craig...



Riding west and over the bridge at Pease Dean and a look around the 15th Century ruin of Cockburnspath Tower (see film)...
3 pics by Craig...



Back to Cove and down to the amazing scenic harbour...



5 pics by Craig...






Some film from the ride,
Song is `In the Key of Blue` by Quantic...


East Coast Fatbikes; Cove to Redheugh; Nov 16 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

More soon...

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