Summers as a youth were spent in the East Neuk and Elie. Hours on the beach (whatever the weather) and as we grew into our teens we spent the long weeks of summer exploring the coastline (as well as other activities that we shan't talk about!!).
The chain walk was always an adventure, at least once a summer we would hear the whirr of helicopter blades head towards Kincraig Point and hear about another rescue from those cut off from the tide or unfortunate to take a tumble. The parents would forbid us from going on The Chain Walk by ourselves, so as teenagers that's exactly what we did! Fortunately no harm came to us but a love for adventure was starting to emerge from these early adventures :)
As an adult, I still love the Chain Walk - it an excellent half day with the walk back along the top of the cliffs almost equally enjoyable even if less thought is required.
Last time I was here was a cold Autumnal Day and we had the route to ourselves - the next ferrata for us was to be in Switzerland so this provided a good warm up ;)
Summer holidays now still have a chunk of time at Elie and this summer we had already had a number of great adventures with the kids down here including a wild (ish) camp a few days before :
The kids are now int double digits (just) and it was about time they experienced he chains of Elie!! With my parents word of warning from 25 years ago still ringing in my head I took no chances and helmets and a short rope were packed........
A fine summers at and the parking area near the olf course was heaving! We were not getting the walk to ourselves today and who can blame anyone for a grand day out in summer in Elie.
Helmets on and some advice handed out to start with and we were off. Taking our time and exploring the large cave / over hang and nooks and crannies along the way. There aren't really any difficult sections and the chain and cut foot holds are really helpful. However there are a few places were a tumble would result in a trip to hospital at least. We got the rope out on one occasion for the first of the longer descents but it wasn't tested thankfully. We were all having a blast!
We were soon passing the impressive Basalt Columns at the end of the bay and enjoying every minute. The showers kept at bay too which was great as we could see a few potent rain cells across the forth
All too soon and the waters of Shell Bay came into view. Another fine scramble along the chains had been hd. However the fun wasn't over as we headed back over the top of the cliffs enjoyed superb views across the Forth- exploring the old WW2 building was fun oo. A superb day out - definitely given the thumbs up by all the family (well maybe not granny ad grandpa;))
Some thoughts and reports from my outdoors activties...