Getting the blood flowing to the legs, the beginning of this hike went straight up along an asphalt road. This got us ready for the hike and ended up being the toughest part of the day. With the weather a little overcast and a slight sprinkle coming down, we were all holding out for a great day. By the time we reached the top of the climb, the weather began to clear and the sun started shining.
It was now time to start bog trodding. The marshy heather disguised the wetness underneath. It wasn’t long before I had two swimming pools for shoes. After that, I just trudged along not caring too much about avoiding puddles. Looking over the bog, the ocean was below and boy was it nice to look at. It was a bit of a tricky walk hiking through this terrain as it was frequently uneven and the bog disguising the ground below.
Surviving the bog and with the sun shining bright, we hopped on a dirt track as we made the walk to the coastal edge. The view out over the ocean was as enjoyable as ever. We continued to hike along various small trails staying close to the edge but not too close. Since the weather stayed nice, it was time to eat lunch overlooking the beach and ocean below us.
With our bellies all filled, the walking commenced. Several times we stopped to take in the scenery and snap a few pictures. It’s always nice not being in a rush and able enjoy good weather. Connecting back up with pavement, we finished the hike along the asphalt back to the van. This whole coastal loop lasted 4 hours, covered 12km (7.5mi) and even with wet feet the whole time I couldn’t help but enjoy it!
Scott Barclay said: