Coastal Winter Walks which will blow the cobwebs away
There’s nothing quite like filling your lungs with fresh, cool sea air on a brisk winter walk by the coast. At Lazyday we’re lucky to be well-positioned only a short distance from the seaside while also being surrounded by the rolling landscape of the Scottish Borders. There is something for everyone whether it’s short walks along the expanding golden beaches or long treks in the heather-covered hills. The coast is the perfect place for dog walks, playing in the sand, wildlife spotting, a gentle stroll, or a brisk hike. Here are a few of our favourite winter coastal walks that will be sure to blow the cobwebs away.
One of our closest beaches is Spital Beach, which lies south of the mouth of the River Tweed across from the town of Berwick. It is a family favourite with a clean sandy beach, a promenade perfect for cycling and pushing buggies, a café and amusements. From the beach, you can take in views of the lighthouse at the end of Berwick pier and the Elizabethan Walls surrounding Berwick. You might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the dolphins jumping.
Heading south of Berwick, a 40-minute drive from Lazyday is the history-rich Northumbrian village of Bamburgh. Breathe in the fresh North Sea breeze as you stroll along the expansive golden sands which stretch south from Harkness Rocks towards Seahouses. Towering above the beach is the unmissable, picturesque Bamburgh Castle which dominates the skyline. Looking out to the sea you’ll spot the Farne Islands, famous for puffins and seals along with other species. To see this wildlife up close you can even take a boat trip from Seahouses, just south of Bamburgh.
In contrast to the stretching sandy beaches is the cliff-top coastal walk at St Abbs Head Nature Reserve. Situated north of the village of St Abbs, the nature reserve and the village is famous for its seabird colonies, diving, history, scenery and being a renowned filming location for productions including the Avengers and Harry Style’s Adore You music video. There are three main trails along the cliff-tops and around the nature reserve – the Discovery Trail, the Extended Lighthouse Loop, and Mire Loch Loop – all offering spectacular views of the stunning Berwickshire coastline. Take a walk on the Extended Lighthouse Loop to see the 1862-built lighthouse which sits high on the cliff-top, a popular photography spot. Fun fact – the St Abbs Lighthouse was the first lighthouse in Scotland to have a foghorn which is now silent.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing stroll by the sea or an invigorating hike to see the beauty of the coast, the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast has something for everyone. Why not book a trip to the east coast and enjoy a Lazyday stay? Click here to check our availability and book: https://lazydaycottages.co.uk/.