The Rest of The Alternative John Muir Way
Saturday 14th November 2009
Organised by Keith Burns
East Linton,
10 am
John Muir
Country Park
Bridge at
Coming into
Dunbar Harbour
The national weather forecast delivered warnings of extreme wet and windy weather across the nation. The warnings on the A1 confirmed that East Lothian was not exempt. None of the doomsayers seemed to be aware of the East Lothian Föhn, and once again it delivered the goods with a superb weather window that began just before we set off from East Linton and ended as we finished the run after over 5hrs of totally dry and pleasant autumn weather on the trek to Siccar Point and back to Pease Bay. The river was swollen and the tide was up, but we still had some pleasant beach running on the way to Dunbar and beyond. We paid homage to the great son of Dunbar at his statue on the High Street. The precious Dunbar golfing real estate suffered a minor accidental trespass without too much disruption. The shoreline thereafter gave a peaceful and dramatic contrast to the inland landscape of cement works and Edinburgh landfill site. One day they might blend into a future landscape as benignly as the old Roman limestone quarry that you hardly notice close by Barns Ness lighthouse. Even Torness power station may well become a future industrial heritage centre, memento for a post-industrial society left by Salmond & Co. But meanwhile its impressive sea wall provides an interesting diversion for littoral runners. We drifted peacefully past these useful industrial behemoths humming and steaming in the background.
in 90 seconds
White Sands
Barns Ness
Barns Ness
Skateraw and
The only bridge!

The Thornton Burn lost its footbridge in a September deluge. This is the site of first discovery of the crinoid Blothrocrinus Thorntonensis, and latterly the near demise and fossil preservation of Eric as he rode into the burn on his bike with only enough momentum to get him to the deepest bit in the middle before slowly listing sideways and falling into its crinoidal depths for an early bath. Bilsdean gorge marks the end of the designated JMW. The team was by now elongated over about a kilometre, creating some navigational confusion around the subterranean approach to Cove Harbour. We continued along the increasingly dramatic cliff edge (with bits of path having recently dropped into the sea). Time and daylight were getting tight at Pease Bay as we split into those in pursuit of Siccar Point and those opting for an early pint at the friendly caravan site bar. The dramatic descent down to the Siccar Point shore never disappoints. After a too-brief inspection of Hutton’s transforming discovery, the long haul back up the slope was aided by a mysteriously abandoned fixed rope. The Pease Bay bar was a welcome finale to a bracing 35km outing.

Near Bilsdean
Cove Harbour
Tunnel at Cove
Cove from above
Video record here.
Thanks to the club committee for the transport provision and to Barbel and contributors for the tea in East Linton.
Pease Bay
Bus back 3:30
Thirsty work!
Back at East

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