Wednesday 9 September 2020

Paxton To Burnmouth Via Ayton Cycle

This captivating cycle takes you from Paxton to the delightfully pretty fishing village of Burnmouth via the village of Ayton. The journey is about 9.4 miles and takes about 50 minutes, crossing the  Whiteadder Water and passing the elegant Ayton Castle. There are a lot of hills to negotiate but you will be rewarded with wonderful views and a visit to a quaint fishing harbour.

1. Leave Paxton heading towards Hutton, passing the village hall on you left. Just past Clarabads farm turn right towards Foulden. This will take you downhill and over the pretty Whiteadder Water before ascending a steep hill on the way to Foulden. The road continues past Cozy Catz cattery on the right before reaching the junction with the A6105.

2. Take the road straight ahead to Ayton. This road takes you up some long hills before finally reaching the top where you will be rewarded with views across the countryside to Ayton Castle and the sea beyond. Proceed along this road before arriving at a T junction.Turn right towards Ayton, passing under a railway bridge before arriving at another T junction where you will see Ayton church directly ahead of you.

Ayton Church

3. Turn right towards Eyemouth and proceed along this road. On your left is a fantastic view of Ayton Castle rising from the trees. Continue along this road and just before the A1 turn right towards Flemmington. Proceed up this small steep hilly road passing some houses on the left before bending sharply to the left. (Ahead is a farm track which eventually joins the road from Ayton to Lamerton). Continue up a hill, past a house on the left before reaching the summit with views across the fields to the coastal village of Burnmouth and the sea. Follow the road downhill until it reaches a junction with the A1 at the bottom. 

Ayton Castle

Looking Back At The Top Of The Hill

View To Burnmouth And The Sea

4. Cross the A1 with care into the lay-by opposite, beside the 'Fist and Last" pub and take a left turning into Upper Burnmouth. Follow this road over the railway line before turning right and proceeding down a very steep cliffside road with stunning views across the harbour and out to sea. At the bottom the small fishing village of Burnmouth, complete with beautiful harbour stretches along the shore. At the end of road to the right are some picnic benches, the ideal place to stop and relax before the strenuous trip back up the hill. 

Burnmouth Harbour

1881 Fishing Disaster Memorial

5. Retrace your steps up the hill and back to Ayton. To return to Paxton turn left at the church and retrace your steps back to Paxton or return via Lamberton and Mordington.

6. To return via Lamberton turn left at the church and then immediately left again. Proceed up this long hill, with occasional glimpses of the sea on your left before taking a turning on the right towards Mordington. You will now start to head downhill eventually entering the small linear village of Mordington before reaching the junction with the A6105 at the bottom.

Turn right at the junction to cross the border and back into the village of Foulden. Stop at the view point beside the village green on your left for breathtaking views across the countryside. 

7. Continue along the main road for a short distance before taking a left turn towards Hutton and Paxton. You will now retrace your steps past Cozy Catz cattery, down the hill, across the bridge and up the steep hill opposite. Keep going along this road until you reach a T junction. Turn left and continue back to Paxton, past Clarabads Farm and eventually down the hill and back into the village arriving at the Cross Inn on your left.

The Cross Inn, Paxton

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