Monday, 27 January 2014

Concrete Coast : Blocks, Pillboxes, Lookout Posts & Road Blocks

After a couple of frustrating weekends with heavy rain it wasn't worth going out for a soaking & to ruin yet another camera, so with a weeks holiday in front of me & the weather today (Monday) was to be fair, overcast with a couple of light rain showers & that was good enough for me.

So for this outing I fancied cycling down to the coast crossing the river Tyne & have a little play around the woods at Tyninghame which is a great area to spend a few hours...
So lets go...
As you can see a lot of water has fallen albeit this is now an old unused road closed when the A1 was duelled, only used now for the local council to dump road surfacing aggregates & gypsy travellers to pitch up for a while before being moved on.


The coastline around the golf coarse with anti tank blocks & on the bottom picture on the left side a WWII lookout post. I decided to get down onto the shore & push the bike to try & find the broken anti tank block exposing a wheel barrow, I know it's here somewhere as there was a picture of it posted on a local community facebook page.

I love the geology around the coastline it's so varied & the above sandy soil which is forever being eaten away by wind & tide, a series of stone burial chambers or cists were exposed by high tides in September 1891. These were regularly spaced in rows about 6 feet apart. At least 9 graves, lying east & west & were made up of settings of small slabs with a number of narrow slabs across the top. All the graves were empty, though fragments of bones were found. In 1906 another stone coffin, containing human remains, was exposed by spring tides in the same locality. Slabs of stone may still be seen protruding from the eroded cliff face.

Anti tank block being used to deter the erosion but nature seems to be winning the battle on the top photo.
A crow & a ringed plover looking for seaside snacks with the rising tide.

Woo hoo I've found it ! Not quite a complete wheel barrow but the wheel, tyre, axle & axle clamps. Utterly amazing how this has been locked up in a concrete time capsule for almost 80 years !!

The 'Bridge to nowhere' & today you can see why it got that name. Traprain Law above the bridge & the ever beautiful Bass Rock peeking under the bridge.
A curlew wading in the margins.
Cycling along the pathway on the edge of the salt marsh. There has been a bit of an uproar recently regarding the salt marsh as there is a pathway across it leading to the beach & signs in place requesting that people stick to the path but horse riders have not been respecting these requests & have tore up lots of the fragile marshland causing quite extensive damage.
John Muir country park & blocks.


High tide where the Hedderwick burn known locally as the Skittery burn enters the sea.
Not sure what exactly this building is that was at the estuary, looking a bit worse for wear now though.
Crossing the bridge over the Tyne river en route to Tyninghame for some woodland trail fun.

Through the beech trees heading for Moss house point & I spotted these huge footprints laid down by one of the ever growing fatbike family here in the Lothians of Scotland.
How the mighty have fallen a huge beech tree hollow in the middle recently felled with the high winds, plenty of firewood to be had here.

From Moss House Point looking over the river Tyne as it makes it's way to the salty sea.


 Look my new fat bike :-)


Riding around the tree line of Heckies Hole.
An unusual species for these parts an egret, there was one if not this one took up residence along at Belhaven bay last year.

Links wood road block !



Links wood pill box, a reminder of what could of been for East Lothian.
Looking over rough seas to a not so sunny Dunbar.
Rough seas with big swells today. I'm not sure if that's a look out post or a pill box below left ?


Someones lost a yelly welly :-o
Oyster catchers feeding along the high tide mark & an interesting information panel explaining the rock geology after volcanic activity.
Road block leading onto the beach.



In 1960, the 12th Earl of Haddington arranged the construction in traditional Canadian style of a beach log cabin for his wife to remind her of her native Canada. Nowadays the cabin is used for weddings & functions...



... And what a cracking venue it is, with stunning views like this even on a minging day like today.
The howl of chainsaws echoing through the woods, the nearby sawmill felling softwoods & extracting with the forwarder from the forest.





Some pretty cool hose jumps in the grounds of the Tyninghame estate.

Countless anti tank blocks on the horizon of the field & a cool old army truck round the back of Hedderwick Hill farm.
Rounding off this post with a gaggle of greylag geese pecking away at the young shoots. Anyway time to call it a day & it was great to finally get out & about without the heavy rain, so with a bit of luck the weather stays fair & I can get out again this week ! 

Thanks for looking & cheers for now.