Walking in East Lothian Scotland
West Fenton is ideally located for walking and the enjoyment of wildlife, especially as autumn moves towards winter, when wild geese fill the sky nearly every day.
Local features include the Aberlady Bay nature reserve, the Scottish Seabird Centre, and many exhilarating beach and country walks.
The farm is host to a number of RSPB projects to enhance wildlife and a walk or ride around the farm is full of wildlife interest – buzzards, hawks, kestrels and falcons may be seen.
West Fenton serves as an ideal base from which to explore further afield in the south-east of Scotland
There are many walks both locally and elsewhere in East Lothian, and more information, including walk leaflets, is available on the East Lothian Councilwebsite. Examples include:
Gullane Path Network
The Gullane Area Community Council have produced a leaflet of walks for the area, which describes eight walks around the villages of Aberlady, Gullane and Dirleton varying in length from 1½ to 6 miles (2.5 – 9.5 km). The Gullane Walks leaflet is available from East Lothian Council.
Athelstaneford and the Garleton Hills
This walk offers some of the finest views across East Lothian and the Firth of Forth. The walk starts in the village of Athelstaneford and climbs up the ridge of the Garleton Hills – a total of 2½ miles (4 km) one-way. It is more-or-less a constant climb and follows field margins and farm tracks.
North Berwick Law
This walk starts in the car park at the base the Law, but for a longer walk it is possible to start in High Street and continue up Law Road and Haddington Road to the car park. This will add around two thirds of a mile (1 km) to the walk each way. From the car park follow the grass path that winds its way up the Law. The total distance is about three quarters of a mile (1.2 km), but it is a very steep assent so does require a level of fitness.
The Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society have sign posted and way-marked many of the popular walking routes in the Lammermuir Hills. They have produced a leaflet (also available on the ELC website) – “Walking in the Lammermuir Hills”, which details these routes.
John Muir Way
The John Muir Way is being developed by East Lothian Council to provide a continuous path linking East Lothian with the City of Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders. The route offers magnificent views of the East Lothian coastline and a chance to see the natural history and historic sites of this unique landscape.