Not having been out on the bike for a while, I decided to take a chance on the weather and head down to Aberlady Bay at first light with the Surly Pugsley to explore the coast as far as Muirfield.
My plan was to be on site just before dawn to catch the sunrise from the midget submarine wrecks out in the bay. My route started at the old quarry on Gala Law, where there is always space to leave the car and followed the tarmac access road to the water treatment works, then out across the dunes onto the bay. I like this route as it avoids all the dog walkers and birders following the path from the parking area at the timber bridge.
Conditions were quite dry, despite the heavy rain of previous weeks, although I was surprised to encounter a large puddle on the seaward side of the dunes.
Out at the midget subs, my timing was spot-on and I managed to catch the sunrise over the Garleton Hills to the south east.
With a lazy wind that seemed to go straight through me, I didn’t linger and followed by a helpful tail-wind, started riding along the coast to the east.
You find all manner of stuff washed up on the shore and this plastic chair had me wondering if I should start a passenger service between Aberlady and North Berwick!
I stopped at the sign above to remove a layer, as I was too hot, now that I was out of the wind.
One of the locations I wanted to stop at this fine morning was the small gully above. On my last visit, most of the boulders were hidden below a thick layer of sand. In fact, I recall riding my bike all the way to the sand you see at the back. Most interesting to see how wind and tide change the coast on each visit.
The stonework above has often had me wondering just why it was put there? Perhaps further research will provide an answer.
This fine example of a bull-nose PRESTON GRANGE brick was an unexpected find. I actually found a number of bricks during today’s ride but you’ll have to see my other blog, Brick Spotting, for those.
Many of the beaches today seemed considerable wetter than usual, probably with surface water running of the land.
The image above was taken from the tidal island of Eyebroughy. I’ve always meant to visit the island but have never managed to time my trip both to suit the tide and also to avoid the breeding season when birds are nesting. The image below shows, I think, a nesting site for Eider duck.
I made of a point on my ride today of taking the time to actually look at what was around me. The effect of the tide flowing around this rock has scoured out a small hollow. Some people would pay good money a feature like this in their garden.
The next image was taken in the bay opposite Eyebroughy and shows an expanse of exposed rock and boulders. I recall on an earlier visit that most of this was hidden under a thick layer of sand, probably up to a meter deep in places. Makes you wonder just where it’s all disappeared to?
The “Robinson Crusoe Cafe” is always worth a look.
The next place I wanted to take time to explore was the remains of a searchlight installation from World War 2 near Sandy Knowe. There are three large concrete platforms here with two of them showing the remains of brick structures and the smaller one some form of equipment base. Also found a few bricks here as well but I won’t show them here as I don’t want my readers getting too excited! Note: Google maps also shows a fourth concrete base across the track to the south.
Now on the way back towards Gullane, I found this track running between the trees between Archerfield and Muirfield golf courses. I ends at the gate house to the Archerfield estate.
Below is another location where I always stop to admire the view.