Blogger and Longdog lover Kerrie Lindo shares another of her favourite walks.
By Kerrie Lindo
There is nothing better than a long empty beach on a sunny day, especially if you have running dogs that can reach forty miles an hour in six strides. I love to watch my dogs run, their heads down, tails flying, paws pounding on the sand – a look of total glee on both their faces. I have to say, I am pretty sure that I never look that good when I’m running – more slightly plump, middle aged woman with arms and legs out of control, a gait that can only be described as ‘hopeful’ and a speed that would be considered cautious even in a School Zone.
One of my favourite beaches is Ravensheugh at Tyninghame. I don’t go there too often because it means a car ride and for Gordon Macdonald, my big stripey dog, the experience of being in a car is not unlike entering the seventh ring of hell, and he spends the ten minutes it takes us to drive there, howling and panting and trying to escape out the window. As soon as we arrive however, he is beset with glee at the thought of the beach and the dreaded motor vehicle is forgotten as we head out of the car park.
The entrance to the Tyninghame estate is between North Berwick and Tyninghame village itself, and isn’t clearly marked so you have to keep your eyes open. From the carpark there are three possible paths. To get to Ravensheugh take the left path and bear with it – it’s quite a walk, but as you hike up the back of the dunes you are rewarded with a fabulous view of the sea and a long wide sandy beach. Walking left from here takes you along the beach from where you can access a footpath which doubles back to the carpark. Walking to the right takes you in a big loop up through the woods and back (again) to the car park. Either walk is lovely, taking in great views of the Bass Rock on the way. I normally go on a week day and rarely meet another soul apart from the odd dog and their humans, but keep your eyes and ears out for horse riders because I have seen them occasionally as well.
If you have worked up an appetite on your walk, you and your canine friends can go to the Tea Rooms at Tyninghame – (Tyninghame Smithy, Main Street, Tyninghame, tel: 01620 860 581.) Dogs are welcome in the outside seating area and there is always a (much welcome and often used) bowl of water available for them. I always feel my slice of homemade cake is virtually calorie free considering the amount of walking I have done, which adds to the whole experience of having had a great day out.
You can rent a Tree House very close to Ravensheugh Beach from www.harvestmoonholidays.com. Or hire out The Log Cabin (on the dunes, overlooking the beach) for a special occasion www.logcabinravensheugh.co.uk.