Longformacus to Cocksburnpath

This is the last part of the walk from Longformacus to Cocksburnpath and it takes you through woodland. farmland and along the cliffs on the coastline on paths, roads and tracks.

This final leg starts at the road passing through Longformacus, heading south and then along to Caldra Farm, where you cross the fields to Blackmills Burn and then climb up through the countryside, into Lodge Wood. A steep climb across the hills will take you down into a ravine and across the burn, through the trees to a forest road towards Abbey St. Bathans.

When you reach the village of Abbey St. Bathans, cross the bridge and then you will see another bridge leading to the Riverside Restaurant. Here the path follows the burn, away from the river and across farmland, where you will eventually reach Eye Water at Blackburn Mill and from there you’ll find a minor road, which leads to the A1. Cross the road, turn left and cross the railway lines and on to a track through Penmanshiel Wood.

At the A1107 go down the wooden steps into Pease Dean Nature Reserve and you’ll come to a caravan site. Go through the site and take the footpath leading to the top of the cliffs with views of Little Cove Harbour. When the cliff road ends, head inland and follow the track which will take you to Cocksburnpath village square and the end of the Southern Upland Way.

Cocksburnpath is a small village, which is steeped in history and used to belong to Mragaret Tudor, sister of Hentry VIII and the wife of James IV. Visit St. Helen’s church, which was built in the 16th century.