From St Andrews East beach, follow the path across the small bridge at the harbour, past the Cathedral walls and St Andrews castle. The road turns into a leafy avenue, on either side of which are various University buildings. Pass the memorial to the protestant martyrs at the top of the hill behind the R & A clubhouse. The West Sands beach lies before you and is one of the loveliest and cleanest beaches in Fife. The end of the beach leads around the point of the Eden Estuary and eventually Gaurdbridge with its 15th Century bridge bulit by Bishop henry Wardlaw to ease the progress of pilgrims to St Andrews. From Gaurdbridge the route follows the road and cycle path on to Leuchars.
This was a rainy day with a bit of wind blowing, which was unusual as I have always managed to get half decent weather on my walks. I was with Anne and Lola again and we enjoyed the walk around the golf courses at the far end of the the west sands at St Andrews until the sand turned to mud and we had to squelch our way back on to the cycle track that ran alongside the main road leading into St Andrews. As the rain came down and I started to get soaked I realised that I had to remind myself that there was no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing! Which leads me on to Gilbert’s wise thought for the day – how easily our moods can be affected by external conditions, and the importance of not letting those thoughts dictate to us how we feel. Walking in the rain can be quite refreshing as I kept telling myself as I was blinded by the stuff 😉
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