What did you get for Christmas? Have you been for your Boxing Day walk yet? Are exactly the questions I would have been asked if I had rung my siblings over Christmas! And thinking of the questions have made me think of our fabulous walk last month on Tyninghame Beach. Guide books, websites and MrB’s niece will all tell you about the expanse of golden sands here, it is considered one of the best places for coastal walks. Very different to your Christmas Walk Jo, but you would love it. You begin your stroll inland with views of cabbages.
And then depending on the weather or your own personal fitness you can either enjoy a short stroll through a wood to the dunes, or head out onto the cliffs to St Baldred’s Castle for a longer hike. Whichever route you take you will eventually end up on the glorious Ravensheugh Sands, well you will if you remember to take note of the tides. Since at high tides much of the beach is impassable as we discovered the other week!
However there are benefits of a hide tide, and that’s seaweed and bird life. Blending in with the seaweed there were Ruddy Turnstones, Oystercatchers, Purple Sandpipers, Pipits, a Red Shank and a couple of Pied Wagtails
The Turnstones were having a great time finding things to eat in the seaweed, although the strong winds and high tide were creating difficulties for them too.
We were not the only creatures on the beach; there were other dog walkers and even some picnickers with everything but the kitchen sink. The latter though seemed sane compared to the solitary surfer. Whilst Ravensheugh Sands are wide and extensive, there are also numerous rocky outcrops along this stretch of coast. It didn’t seem a sensible place or time to attempt to surf alone.
A quick check of the tide times on our phones highlighted we had arrived at the height of the tide, and so we had no chance of getting to St Baldred’s Castle from the beach or reaching the other beaches to our north. So we headed back along the increasingly narrow beach, even the waders were struggling to hold their position.
Our walk may have been shorter than envisaged and the weather grey but Tyninghame Beach was everything we had been promised. We will be back!