Monday, 2 November 2009

Hidden East Lothian

There are some beautiful places to visit in East Lothian. Between the 47+ miles of coastline and the Lammermuir hills is a rich assortment of coast and countryside. I have lived here for 31 years and during that time, I have been out and about visiting all the well known beauty spots and to a large number of the not so well known places which often turn out to be wee gems. It’s great to find new places off the beaten track
Earlier this year I joined the Dunbar runners on their club nights. We ran to some spectacular places that were new to me and it was a delight to get to know them.
I made a great discovery on Saturday when I went to Gifford woods to undertake my Autumn Leaves field trip. The beautiful day and warm sunshine made me feel intrepid and I followed a track, which wasn’t marked as the public path, and I am glad that I did. The first thing I came across was a piece of artwork made out of slate, which comprises of three pyramids with red ornaments on the top. A cockerel strutted around them as if he owned them with several hers in attendance.

A little further on I got off my bike again to inspect an impressive Portico which had been removed from it’s original home and rebuilt at the side of a field, next to the wood – not what I was expecting at all.

Less than a mile further on, I stopped in my tracks and laughed aloud at the picture frame that hung between two trees. It was about five feet by three feet and the hills and trees in the background were the ‘picture.’ Gifford woods are a delightful place to walk or cycle and the artwork was the cream on the top.

Today I have been thinking about the ‘Autumn Leaves’ poem. Tomorrow I will put first draft on the blog.


  1. I've been round a lot of the tracks locally over the past year with a couple of the THursday night runners - it's a great way to explore the local area! But we haven't made it over to Gifford Woods. They look like they're well worth a visit. C.

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  3. Hi C

    I can recommend Gifford Woods, they have a bit of Harry Potter about them.

    Ray :-)