GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Haddington to Longniddry Railway Walk

5 miles (8 km)

This walk or cycle takes you along a dismantled railway line between the East Lothian towns of Haddington and Longniddry. The route runs for about 5 miles along a nice flat path so suitable for most abilities. The line was originally opened in 1846 but closed in 1949 with the emergence of the motor car.
The trail starts on the western side of Haddington where there is a public car park near to the East Lothian Community Hospital. You then head north west passing Merryhatton Cottages, the Cotty Burn and Setonhill Wood before coming into Longniddry where the route finishes at the train station.
To extend the walk you can head to the coast at Longniddry and enjoy a stroll along Gosford Sands and Seton Sands to Cockenzie and Port Seton. The Hopetoun Monument is also visible from the trail and can be climbed for fine views of the area.

Haddington to Longniddry Railway Walk Postcode

EH41 3PF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Haddington to Longniddry Railway Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Haddington to Longniddry Railway Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Joli in Longniddry is a lovely little cafe and a good choice for some post walk refreshments. They have a good range of meals and snacks and a pretty garden area to relax in if the weather is fine. You can find the cafe at 12 Main Street, Longniddry with a postcode of EH32 0NF for your sat navs.

The trail makes for a fine dog walk so you'll probably see other owners on your visit.

The wonderful Gosford Estate is close to Longniddry. For a fee you can explore the splendid grounds surrounding the mansion.
To the south west you'll find similar trails on the Pencaitland Railway Walk and the Penicuik to Dalkeith Railway Walk.
Dunbar is not far so you could head east to try the Dunbar Cliff Walk, the Dunbar to North Berwick Walk or visit the woodland trails at Pressmennan Wood. John Muir Country Park and the John Muir Way are also not far away.
For more walks in the area see the Edinburgh Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Haddington-Longniddry Railway Walk - geograph.org.uk - 1773078

The path at its crossing with Gateside Road, looking west to Longniddry.

Bridge across the Haddington-Longniddry Railway Walk - geograph.org.uk - 1773687

Bridge across the Haddington-Longniddry Railway Walk. Looking west, under the road that serves Gateside Commerce Park, to the bridges that carry the A199 and A1 over the path.

Old railway, Haddington to Longniddry - geograph.org.uk - 17129

Two walkers stroll along the path on a beautiful summer day in 2005

Nature Board by pupils of Longniddry Primary School - geograph.org.uk - 1773655

Nature Board by pupils of Longniddry Primary School. A rather nice and different type of information board provided for the Railway Path.

ECML with Redhouse Castle in the background - geograph.org.uk - 1716539

ECML with Redhouse Castle in the background East Coast Mainline near Longniddry, with Redhouse Castle in the background. Picture taken from the Railway Walk.

Haddington Railway - geograph.org.uk - 1464097

The footpath running through an overgrown cutting near the A1 by Haddington. Once a branch line between Haddington and the North British Railway at Longniddry, this is now part of National Cycle Route 76.

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