WEEK 8 Craster, Northumberland to Cockburnspath, Berwickshire


70 miles 
(total 702 miles)

What a stunning week! Back to camping at the beginning of the week saved a bit of money (which is good as I’ve just taken the plunge and bought a new tent, yikes!). I have not walked as far this week as my priority has been sight-seeing; I’ve now seen the parts of Northumberland that have been on my list for a while. And I’m so pleased I have seen them because the Farne Islands and Holy Island in particular are fantastic places to visit; so beautiful and so much wildlife and history. 

My main frustration of the week was the lack of phone reception and wifi in Northumberland. Doing this trip I am more dependent upon my iPhone than I have ever been (and than I like to be). I use it for accessing the Internet to plan, get the weather, find and book accommodation, not to mention take photos and write my blog. All of this requires a charged-up battery, and most of it requires Internet access. This is why I go to pubs so often, not because I need the alcohol but because I need to find a plug socket and get access to wifi. Three days without wifi this week put me behind in my planning, logging of photos, and blog writing. I have to say that I found this a little stressful and always felt like I was playing catch-up. Goodness only knows how I’m going to cope in N Scotland!

Yet again I met some lovely people this week, was hosted by friends of friends who were amazingly kind to a stranger, and met up with an old friend. All this people made a very positive impact on my morale and encouraged me to keep going as I was having a few doubts about the wild parts of Scotland that lie ahead. 

I have been very lucky with the weather and can’t believe that I can see any places more beautiful than this week, but apparently there are more ahead! I am very lucky.  

Is there anywhere more beautiful than Northumberland and the Scottish Borders on a sunny day?

7 thoughts on “WEEK 8 Craster, Northumberland to Cockburnspath, Berwickshire

  1. chris frazer June 1, 2015 / 2:00 am

    Outstanding posts….beautiful photographs and some serious mileage already under your belt….you are flying absolutely flying….keep going…..the weather is adding to the whole expereince


  2. jstumm June 1, 2015 / 6:44 pm

    That is beautiful, i do hope it will be like that in snowdonia! You make me realise how little of the country I have actually seen, though touring with a caravan would be more my thing! I do believe I have seen more of Germany than Britain 😭


  3. Charlie June 1, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    Luc. I absolutely loved the Scottish Borders when I was there! There are few places more beautiful for sure. Hope this howling wind isn’t getting at ya too much? x


    • Lucy June 3, 2015 / 9:39 pm

      Oh the wind has got me. It always seems to be head on as well! Agree about the Borders, totally beautiful


  4. Nikki Jones June 2, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    Thoroughly enjoying your blog Lucy along with the stunning pics. What an amazing trip…keep going! Love Nikki Stef Joseph xxx


    • Lucy June 3, 2015 / 9:40 pm

      Hi Nik. Glad you’re enjoying the blog x


  5. chris frazer June 4, 2015 / 4:17 am

    Juice you have never given up on anything…so why give up when faced with the ‘wilder parts of Scotland’…You will be fine and you will be walking over parts of our beautiful country that many have never seen….nor will they if Nicola Sturgeon et al have their way……Keep the faith you will be gutted if you did not ‘do’ the whole thing…..and there are always buses!!!!! Be strong my friend…..remember its only up hill until Elgin then its down hill all the way…….Wifi smifi….you don’t need it all the time……use word of mouth (in the pub) and good old fashioned maps……..you have done so much, gone to far, met too many people (including the Rain Man) to have any doubts…….keep going Airwomen (Retd) Blackadder…..ON ON!


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