Monday, 21 May 2018

Sunday wander at Kilspindie...


Sunday i cycled to Gullane to go with M for a stroll along the coast at Kilspindie with her dog Jake...



The ground is rock hard with the late springtime drought...





Aberlady,  Port of Haddington;
Along at Aberlady Point  also known as Kilspindie is a recent information board telling the story of the point once being the port of Haddington...



The Customs house is still there and is residential housing now as is the Malting's on the Wynd, developed into housing in the 1990`s, here are two pictures from yester year of the buildings, the Customs house, looking at the cars this is pre WW2...


And the Malting's Granary on the Wynd post WW2...



I have a great book from 1974, the AA Road Book which has illustrations and info of places around Scotland...





The description for Aberlady looks like it has not been updated for the 1970`s when you read what is on offer at Aberlady...


`A sandy beach, bathing`  but where abouts?
It was actually right here where now it is a salt marsh...

Here you go...



The Bay today continues to fill up with silt, little remains of the fishing boats moored and left for artists to paint...




Though once the bay would have been home to working boats, some of which can be seen in these old pics...





Today down at Kilspindie and M was amazed that remains of old carts still lie near where the pier once stood...






Other old artifacts can be found in the sands


Some not so old...


The Kilt Rock...


Mooring rings for boats on several rocks




The sub wrecks across on the sand bar...


My late father told me the local author Nigel Trantor said this is where the smuggler tunnels entrances were and they went far inland with hidden openings at Craigielaw...



Former bird watching hide, roof needs repairing, the red pan tiles a classic symbol of East Lothians old buildings, originally brought from Holland having been used as ballast...


As so often the WW2 anti invasion (Coastal Crust)  anti tank blocks here were used as part of efforts to stop coastal erosion


Centre of this pic is a line of rocks from a hand built wall washed away...


When we were kids lorries from Glenplant dumped a lot of rubble along here and it can still be found today...bricks and other things...








Back to M`s for tea before cycling home, nice we wander and gentle stretch of the legs after the previous days ride...





More soon...






Sunday, 20 May 2018

Saturday XC Cycle with friends...


East Lothian at this time of year in this dry weather is looking amazing, colour everywhere, big skies and the trails have dried out now but are yet to become overgrown with nettles etc,
Craig organised a big loop from NB that would see us out riding most of the day  and a total of 53 miles mostly off road and 5 hours riding time, roll some pics from stills from the Go Pro...


North Berwick-Whitekirk-Smeaton-East Linton-Haddington;

Dead Badger...

Hello to John from Gullane who we met at Smeaton and watches my films!

The Tyne trail was riding great, 9 miles from East Linton to Haddington,
Though the newer section west of Hailes is still bumpy esp this now with the ground being bone dry..









Westfield-Pencaitland-Orminston-Winton-Pencaitland-Nisbit-Boggs Holdings-Haddington;
Stuart headed home with bad cramp and i continued with Jason and Craig to Saltoun and the railway line walk.
Garlic scented trails through love woods around Pencaitland as we rode a loop using railwayline walks around the village, again great trails at this time of year...



The 3 pics above are from a lovely section which i filmed right through a lovely little section at Pencaitland, we rode a lot of trails like this today in woods...


Pencaitland woods xc cycle; May 2018 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Jason split at Haddington to attend a family bbq, Craig and i continued on the Surly KramPugs



Longniddry-Gosford-Luffness-Gullane-Archerfield-Yellowcraig-North Berwick

From Gosford it was a blast along though Luffnessto the old railway into Gullane and pit stop at M`s,
Recharged it was the short but fun ride to Yellowcraig and home...



8.30pm finished...



An ace day and first big ride of the year,


Here is film from the ride, with a bloomin smudge on the lens!
Song is `In The Key Of Blue` by Quantic


East Lothian XC Cycle; May 2018 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.




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