Beyond Prestonpans with its battle site and rich industrial heritage the route runs past the site where Cockenzie Power Station used to stand.
It then heads off east to Seton Sands and lovely long beach views. Circumnavigating Kilspindie and Craigielaw golf courses, you'll arrive at the picturesque village of Aberlady. The bay is famed for its skeins of roosting Pink-footed Geese in winter, along with mixed flocks of plovers and waders. Be sure to stop at Dirleton Castle with its tranquil wooded grounds before heading north to Yellowcraig Beach and North Berwick’s well-serviced seaside town.
As this section follows the coast most of the way, it is relatively level throughout. Surface varies from tarmac seafront promenade, firm stone path and a short section of grassy farm track north of Dirleton, to undulating sandy paths through the dunes from Port Seton to Gosford, and between Yellowcraig and North Berwick. There are a couple of stretches of alternative cycle route, which provide a tarmac option to avoid the roughest paths. Cyclists using the alternative route should be aware that there is a section between Longniddry and Aberlady that follows the A198, which can be busy at times.
Although relatively level and mainly accessible, anyone thinking of using this section with a wheelchair, buggy or on a horse or bike should be aware of occasional challenges such as a short flight of steps, some rough sections of path and relatively narrow bridges on the path through the dunes between Seton Sands and Gosford.
For detailed information about potential access restrictions along this section, see the Accessibility Storymap.
Short diversion at Prestonpans war memorial
A short diversion is in place onto High St for approximately 100m, expected to last until April 2022.More Information
By bus: this section of the route is served by the X5 bus route between Edinburgh and North Berwick.
By car: there is a free car park at Prestonpans train station. There is parking (pay and display) in the centre of North Berwick and for free at the foot of North Berwick Law.
Points of interest
Scottish Seabird Centre
Discover the birds that make their home along East Lothian’s coastline, with boat trips out to visit the Bass Rock and the world's largest colony of Northern Gannets - voted BBC Countryfile Nature Reserve of the Year. There is also a great café making this an unmissable pit-stop on your journey!Visit Website
Coastal Communities Museum
John Muir spent his childhood in the seaside town of Dunbar. Learn about the customs and livelihoods of the people who would have lived beside Muir in Dunbar and other East Lothian seaside villages.Visit Website
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