On Saturday 15 September 2012, walk for water so others don’t have to.

Ballantrae to Lendalfoot

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SENSITIVE FARMLAND AND DIFFICULT ROCKY COASTLINE, THIS ROUTE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR GROUPS OVER 10 PEOPLE, DOGS AND RUNNERS. There are car parks at The Vennel and Foreland at Ballantrae. At Lendalfoot there is a good car oart at Varyag Memorial. Do not use Lendalfoot Hall. There is also a good, hourly bus service. This is classed as a moderate/difficult walk with a trunk road verge path and a rocky beach. The route starts at Foreland car park. Take the Stinchar bridge following the main road down the Vennel to the beach. To the south there is a gravel spit which is protected by its nature reserve status – it should not be walked upon. Bennane Cliffs offer spectacular views of Antrim Coast, Ailsa Craig, Kintyre and Arran.This section of coast shows several large named cliff-caves – all walkers tempted to visit should be warned they do so at their own risk. The approach paths or caves themselves could be dangerous. Keep between the fence and the seaward side of the crash barrier lining the west side of the A77 – it is safer than the narrow pavement. Fast vehicles will be passing by here, so take care. Along the narrowly compressed coastal strips avoid trampling on patches of shingle above the tide-line. This is to minimise the risk of standing on nests of oyster catchers and ringed plovers. Approximately 2km from Lendalfoot, there is a choice of a roadside footpath along to Lendalfoot itself for those who don’t want to scramble along the shore. The path ends at Varyag Memorial, Lendalfoot.

Distance: 
6.5 miles / 10.5 km
Estimated Walking Time: 
3 hours
Difficulty: 
Strenuous
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