Group reaches the end of the John Muir Way
Cambuslang Parish Church’s walking group recently completed a walk two years in the making.
For the past two years the group have been covering sections of the John Muir Way, a cross country route from Helensburgh to Dunbar.
As the party left the church on their latest walk only two sections and 24 miles separated the group from achieving their goal.
The penultimate section is Aberlady to Berwick Law car park.
The weather was dry however there was a bit of a wind and it was very cold, with the route taking the group through Gullane, Dirliton and North Berwick.
After a short climb out of North Berwick the group arrived at the car park of Berwick Law, and although some would think that after 10 miles the walkers would be glad to head for their hotel and put their feet up, the Cambuslang walkers are made of strong stuff and eight of the Group climbed to the top of Berwick Law.
Descending back to the car park the eight then met up with the other six who had enjoyed a coffee break in North Berwick.
With this section complete the walkers travelled on to Dunbar for the overnight stay at the Dunmuir Hotel.
This was a most enjoyable part of the trip, good food, good company, a few beverages and a comfy bed.
Next day after a fine breakfast the group travelled back to Berwick Law car park for the final 14 mile walk to Dunbar.
As the Group set off the top of the Law was obscured by mist, initially the route took the group south towards East Linton and before long the sun burned the mist away.
After passing through East Linton and enjoying the sunshine the route turned east towards Dunbar.
The path followed the River Tyne for a few miles and lunch was enjoyed beside a foot bridge, with some of the party sitting in the shade on one side of the river while others sat on the other side, basking in the warm sun.
With lunch over the group continued along the Way towards Dunbar.
Reaching the outskirts of Dunbar the route meandered round the headland of the John Muir Park and up onto the cliff top esplanade.
Finally the High Street was reached and it was 4.59pm when the first members of the Group arrived outside the house where John Muir was born.
Just then a lady came out of the front door about to lock up but when she realised the group had just finished the walk she quickly congratulated them on the achievement and invited those who had completed the entire route in to the house and presented them with a certificate of completion.
After the excitement of reaching the end of the walk was over there was still a short walk back to the hotel, then there was the task of getting the cars back from the Law and of course the long journey home.
For more information about the Walking Group, including full details of our programme of walks visit the Cambuslang Parish Church website at www.cambuslangparishchurch.org.uk/ look under Organisations, then select Walking
Accomplishment The group at John Muir’s House
High View Some of the group on their trip