Journey into Blackness
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Journey into Blackness

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...

New shoes
New shoes
these boots were made for walking!
Abercorn Church
Abercorn Church
check out the gravestones, seriously!
Which way?
Which way?
Snuggy awaits instructions
Please play stick
New friends & Big stick
New friends & Big stick
Treacle, Liam, Tom & Snugs
Path to the beach
Path to the beach
Snuggy already headed there
Our destination
Our destination
Blackness Castle from the shore
Snuggy finds new ball!
Love my ball
Love my ball
Snuggy adds to the view
Our picnic spot
Our picnic spot
Snuggy lounging on the grass
About Blackness
About Blackness
Interesting historical site
View of bridges through trees
Homeward bound
Homeward bound
Tired dog makes her way back
No dogs allowed!
No dogs allowed!
How very dare they!!!!!!
Time to go home
Time to go home
Snuggy waits by the car

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.

6 Comments to Journey into Blackness:

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Fiona on 09 June 2013 18:34
Looks a bit warmer this time!!
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Carol@Wagtime on 09 June 2013 18:40
Just a bit! wasn't the same not being huddled together in a graveyard trying to keep warm in a blizzard:-)

Marie Claire on 11 June 2013 13:49
I love Snuggy posing for the picts!!
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Carol@Wagtime on 11 June 2013 21:00
yes,she is a bit of a poser. My neighbour's grandson said on first meeting her "a very photogenic dog:-)", so true...

Jamie on 12 June 2013 08:11
Wow, that beach looks amazing!
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Carol@Wagtime on 12 June 2013 08:35
If you think that beach is good, wait til I post pictures of Fife Beaches. You ain't seen nothing yet:-) btw you'd never think you were just down the road from Grangemouth on that walk.

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