Carol's new walking shoes had arrived earlier in the week and were in need of being broken in. Saturday had been too hot! for walking any distance, therefore we put our plans to visit Tentsmuir Forest on hold until later in the summer. Sunday dawned cooler and overcast, ideal walking weather. We decided to revisit a walk we had previously done back in February 2012 - Abercorn to Blackness. Continued below...
We headed across the bridge towards the hamlet of Abercorn and parked at the gates to the church. From there we entered onto Cycling Route 76 which leads through the woods towards Blackness Castle. Rather unsportingly West Lothian Council have banned dogs from the churchyard! Though I don't remember this when we last visited and had a picnic in the graveyard in minus temperatures (don't think anyone else was mad enough to be out that day!)
We made our way down the meandering, sloping path to our route which would take us through the woods past the Deer Park and hugging the Forth all the way along into Blackness. Snuggy was in a playful mood finding countless sticks and plastic bottles. The woods were really stunning with countless flowers in bloom and the birds were twittering away.
Not far from our destination we came across Treacle the collie and his companions. Great name for a dog! Snuggy ignored her new boyfriend (treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen is her motto) and treated the humans to a game of stick...
We carried on our way and, as the tide was out, rather than keeping to the path we took a detour down onto the beach and followed the shore along to the castle. Snuggy, as is her wont, found a ball within 10 seconds of her paws touching sand. She had great fun chasing the ball to the patch of grass beside the castle where we would have lunch.
Our picnic consisted of a packet of plain crisps, a banana, a tunnocks caramel wafer and some Schmackos. Guess who had what! Snuggy succeeded in getting some more humans to play with her (she shares the love) and met two new doggy pals, Charlie and Honey. We enjoyed the view across to Fife taking in Charlestown, Limekilns, Rosyth dockyard and the Bridges.
Too soon it was time to head back to Abercorn and the car, the return trip was fairly uneventful and we managed to dodge a few cyclists on the way.
If you are interested in following in the pawprints of the Wagtime crew click here for details of the walk (we did it in reverse). Round trip took approximately 3 hours but we did play a lot and took a while over our luxury picnic;-) Distance 4 miles - so just a wee dauner really by our usual standards.
The nearby Duddingston Arms at Newton, is apparently dog friendly though we didn't check it out this trip.