Day 14 – Ellemford Bridge to Cockburnspath (14.3 miles)

Well, it’s the final day, the final walk eastwards and what a fantastic day we’ve woken up to, bright blue skies, brilliant warm sunshine and such an idyllic setting at Green Hope B&B.
We started our walk to Abbey St. Bathans along the bank of ‘Whiteadder Water’, what a fantastic treat on our last day, our legs getting wet from morning dew on the long grass, but warming sunshine at our side as we wandered along the gently flowing river.
From Abbey St. Bathans we had to navigate through a number of arable & pasture fields, farmers were busy collecting their silage. The farm at Blackburn Mill looked like it had enough for at least a couple of winters already.
Crossing the A1 & the East Coast Mainline momentarily brought us back to the hustle and bustle of modern life until we were plunged into the relative quiet and darkness of Penmanshiel Wood, the path deep, soft & scented with pine needles.
From there it wasn’t far to the end, but the trail keeps you in suspense for the first glimpse of the sea for a very long time. When we eventually reached the coast the sea mist had enveloped ‘Pease Bay’ and all we could see were a few waves rolling onto the beach. We then risked life & limb on the cliff path in the thick mist until Cove Harbour was in our sights.
After Cove Harbour, where I threw the pebble I’d been carrying since Portpatrick into the North Sea (the 2nd highlight after our early morning walk), there was just 1 mile to the official/rather disappointing end in Cockburnspath at a kind of ‘bus shelter’ construction.
Nevermind, despite that, it’s been a great walk.
Stats: Total Mileage: 228.5 Pint Count: 36

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