Berwickshire Coastal Path (incl. GPX!)
Distance: 48 km Grade: 2 (Slightly harder)
This 4-stage walk follows the Berwickshire coast from Cocksburnpath to Berwick-upon-Tweed. The path may be indistinct at times and navigation skills are (as always) required.
The Berwickshire Coastal Path (BCP) is one of Scotland’s Great Trails.
This relatively short trail gives you the opportunity to walk along some of the highest sea cliffs in Britain, and past many beautiful sandy beaches. It takes in dramatic clifftop scenery with arches, stacks and the crumbling remains of Fast Castle. The BCP rounds St Abb's Head, a National Nature Reserve renowned for its birdlife, to reach the attractive fishing village of St Abbs and not long after that the small town of Eyemouth. The long final stage leads on along the cliffs to cross into England to finally finish at Berwick-upon-Tweed.
This border region was the site of much contention between England and Scotland in the Middle Ages, and the largest town in the area, Berwick-upon-Tweed, changed hands more than a dozen times before England captured it for good in 1482.
Stages (on the map):
- Cockburnspath - Dowlaw 12 km (Easy)
- Dowlaw - St Abbs 11 km (Slightly harder)
- St Abbs - Eyemouth 6 km (Easy)
- Eyemouth - Berwick-upon-Tweed 19 km (Slightly harder)