(total 870 miles)
A strange week. I think I struggled to get back into a disciplined habit after 12 days without walking, planning, booking ahead, writing my blog, finding meals and charging phones. I also found I was quite lonely this week and I think I might have talked the ears off Fran and Sam during my stay with them.
A week of 2 halves. Walking through Fife was really nice: a well-marked coastal path, beautiful scenery, wildlife, people and picturesque little coastal towns. Crossing the Tay Bridge seemed to send me to the opposite: an absence of footpaths, drab towns with few people and sometimes little to see. I think the grey weather didn’t help and, talking to Fran, I know that Angus is a beautiful part of the country and my visit was marred by some boring walking on cyclepaths, drab weather and poor choice of cafes. I shall hope for a better experience next time because Lunan Bay and Seaton Cliffs are worth a visit. Maybe I should have tried the Arbroath smokies?
My favourite place was East Neuk of Fife with its lovely little fishing towns so neatly kept and the lovely coastal paths between them. (And the nice cafes.) A big thank you to Ruth for allowing me to use his house for the week, and also to Sam and Fran for hosting me for 2 nights. It has been very convenient in so many ways to have a base to go back to for several nights; however, I think that after 3 weeks with 3 bases I am ready to get back to a more nomadic lifestyle. I have noticed that, whilst harder and less convenient, moving on every day does feel more like I am moving forward in my journey. I guess there’s always a trade-off!