Pease Bay to Siccar Point(ish) Walk

My pal, Helen and I were in dire need of an adventure the other day, so decided to hit the road to the Scottish Borders coast. I had went for a wee walk myself a few weeks previously from Cove Harbour to Pease Bay and was keen to check out more of the route …

Pease Bay is easy to get to as it’s well signposted from the A1 and the leisure park there is a popular, family holiday haunt. At the third roundabout on the A1 heading south, take the second exit on your left. From here, you will find yourself trundling along a gey bonnie road which winds gently past the village of Cove and through beautiful countryside, before descending into the bay. There is parking in the leisure park to your left, but there’s also usually space in the overspill car park just over the ford. Sploosh! (This bit’s fun!)

Pease Bay, the ford

The adventure begins with a brief ascent up a steep, single-track road before you arrive at the signpost and kissing gate. Here’s Helen modelling the latest in wooden stylin’. Dead casual, likes.

Pease Bay James Hutton Walk signpost

Head through and follow the path on wards, before climbing the lovely, ziggy-zaggy stairs to the clifftop.

James Hutton Path, Pease Bay stairs

Once you reach the top there are breathtaking views back down onto Pease Bay. Drink them in.

Pease Bay clifftop viewpoint

After this point, the path gets pretty overgrown and there is many a sticky willow (cleaver) and treacherous, jaggy nettle en route. Therefore, don’t be like Gill and make sure that your legs are covered ‘lest you end up with rashes ahoy!

James Hutton walk signpost, Scottish Borders

The route is well-signposted and it really is a case of merrily wandering it and enjoying the stunning scenery. Of course, it does help when you’ve been blessed with a stunner of a day like we had. Check oot thon aquamarine sea.

Siccar Bay, Scottish Borders

St Helen's Chapel - Siccar Bay

After the path has followed the coast for a wee while, it turns inland and you cross a field. Be gentle with the sheep and don’t startle them, especially if it’s just past lambing season. Sheep scare easily and they can attack if they feel threatened, so keep yer pooches on a leash.

Sheep in field, James Hutton walk

Once you cross the field, you encounter a single track road. Follow this until you get to the Siccar Point information sign and learn about how self-taught Scot, James Hutton became the father of modern Geology. Lad o’pairts (a clever or talented fellow) right enough.


Siccar Point info post

The route on from here towards Siccar Point crosses fields and there is the old, ruined chapel of St Helen’s to explore on the way. This Romanesque-style church served the former parish of Aldcambus after the Scottish Reformation of 1560. It’s made of old red sandstone and of the greywacke rock that Siccar Point itself is famed for.

St Helen's Chapel ruins, Scottish Borders

It was at this point on our journey that Hels and I decided that our poor, wee leggies had had enough and back we went in search of ice-cream! We are planning a return however, for Siccar Point needs to be claimed. Stay tuned for updates …

If you fancy doing this walk, here’s a handy map to keep you quite literally, on the right path.

NB James Hutton Walk on the coast is clearly signposted, but alas, doesn’t show very well on the map, hence the grey, dotted path at the start of the route. The other grey route leads you to St Helen’s Chapel ruins.

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