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Dunbar Leg (previously Haddington) - this route has been mothballed for the moment (see notes below) but you can still book a place on another Leg, click here for details
From Dunbar down the coast to Holy Island
[update; June 2015] Due to problems in securing a leadership team for this route in 2016, and the early date of next Easter, the Northern Cross Steering Committee meeting in June 2015 decided to mothball the Leg for the forthcoming year - Holy Week 2016. This was a hard decision taken after much consideration, but ultimately it was the most appropriate choice for the moment. We express sincere and grateful thanks to all the communities we have been a part of along the way, through all the variations of Haddington and Dunbar Legs, and hope to return once again another year.
[The route as it was last walked in 2015 is described below]
This walk is graded 'easy / moderate' and has shorter walking days than the other main groups. The longest day is Monday, 14 miles on the coast path from Cockburnspath to St. Abbs.
The whole leg is about 60 miles and from Dunbar, makes stops at Cockburnspath, St Abbs (sleeping at Coldingham), Berwick-upon-Tweed, Lowick and finally arrives at Holy Island (see the map). Gathering on the Saturday before Easter in Dunbar (east of Edinburgh, on the coast), the route takes you along the John Muir Way and other coast paths, hugging the rugged coastline to the beaches south of Berwick. Good for bird watching!
From Dunbar we walk along the John Muir Way and other coast paths, hugging the rugged coastline to the beaches south of Berwick. It is very good for bird watching. Other highlights are the eerily abandoned fishing village of Cove and the magnificent high rocky headland of St Abb’s Head. Going through the thriving fishing town of Eyemouth (with option of swimming in the afternoon as it is a short walking day) and onto the high cliffs above Berwick, we then swing inland to Lowick - our final stop before Lindisfarne - Holy Island.
In essence the Dunbar Leg is much like any other. We carry our cross (slightly lighter than the others), pray and reflect along the way, tell stories and generally get to know each other and ourselves a little better. If weary or injured, the support car can assist.
Many of the parishes through which we travel are enormously supportive of Northern Cross and the welcome we get is really appreciated by tired walkers. People sometimes walk with us from the churches along the way and in some of the parishes we are invited to share in worship and prayer either at the end of the day or in the morning.
All this involvement with the parishes doesn't mean that we have no time to ourselves. There are many long periods where we can enjoy the fellowship of the group and share our thoughts feelings and discoveries. In the evenings the process of preparing the evening meal (and clearing it away again!) helps to bring people closer together.