Berwickshire Coastal Path

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Cliffs along which the path runs
Abbey Burn and Linkim Shore
Steps leading down to Coldingham Bay

The Berwickshire Coastal Path is a walking route along the Berwickshire coast, some 28 miles long, running from Cockburnspath in the north of Berwickshire to the mouth of the River Tweed at Berwick upon Tweed in Northumberland.[1] The walk passes one of the most spectacular coastlines in Great Britain, in an area nationally and internationally important for seabirds, coastal flora and marine life.

This is a waymarked route and it is recommended that walkers are best spending three days walking the Berwickshire Coastal Path, which leaves plenty of time to enjoy all the sights along the way.[2] Cockburnspath is also the terminus of the Southern Upland Way and of the John Muir Way.[1]

The route (north to south)

Stage 1

Starting in Cockburnspath, the first section of the Berwickshire Coastal Path is a gentle introduction with easy walking above the picturesque Cove harbour and through farmland with some sections on minor roads to finish at Dowlaw.

Stage 2

A gentle start through farmland soon leads on to the most dramatic section of the path, leading along the rim of some fabulous cliffs high above the sea. There is a fair amount of up and downhill as the route continues to the National Nature Reserve at St Abb's Head, famed for its seabirds, and on to the fishing village itself. The path then goes along the clifftops and beaches to reach the fishing port of Eyemouth.

Stage 3

The final stage runs from Eyemouth to Berwick-upon-Tweed. It is worth spending the early morning enjoying Eyemouth, which is mainly a fishing port (and a base for tourists) with a home to a fleet of about 20 fishing boats or twice as many in summer.

The path at Marshall Meadows

South of Eyemouth the route runs along the cliff topsleaving Berwickshire and crossing into the Liberties of Berwick at Marshall Meadows Bay. From here it runs south to Berwick-upon-Tweed itself.

Nearby attractions

For a diversions from the path, nearby are: Pease Bay, Fast Castle, St Abb's Head, Coldingham, Eyemouth, Burnmouth, Gunsgreen House, and Berwick-upon-Tweed Castle.

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