Walk 4 - Elie to Crail
Having walked further in walk 3 than I had originally planned, I had a dilemma before stopping for the winter. Did I leave the walking paused in Elie for winter, or press on a bit further? The walk after Crail enters some of the most remote parts of the walk, with few villages along the way, so would have to wait for the next summer. I decided to do a relatively short half day walk from Elie to Crail, leaving the tricky section for the next year. I parked my car in Crail, with enough time to have a coffee in the Honeypot Tearoom before my bus to Elie arrived.
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Walking the East Neuk
St Monans. Pittenweem. Anstruther. Crail. These are names which resonate for many people. It is a beautiful, timeless, picturesque, rugged area stepped in history, with small harbours and coffee shops galore. Whwen looking out over the water, it feels much more like the open sea (up to now it has clearly been the Forth estuary, now it's the North Sea). It is easy walking with the path following the coast and linking the closely grouped villages.
Walking into Pittenweem is pretty much the iconic view of the East Neuk experience. I was fortunate to walk in on a brilliant day for weather.
Anstruther to Crail
Anstruther is another place which many people have heard of as it is a popular destination for visitors. To locals and, I suppose, many Scots it is pronounced Ainster, but possibly because of my mixed parentage (my dad was English) I calling it Anstruther. The town has many attractions, museums, chippies, and gift shops, but I did not linger and carried on past Cellardyke and along the coast. This part of the coastal path has many great views, with rock formations and birdlife in abundance. This is fine walking country and highly recommended.