Walks in the wider area
Early Spring flowers on Bickertons Way.
This is a lovely Spring walk with a profusion of wild flowers, but also fascinating at any time of year for its mysterious sense of history. It takes about an hour depending on your options and sections can be muddy.
The start is quite close to Aberlady. From Dirleton drive through Gullane and at the point where the road bends round towards Aberlady Bay by the Luffness Golf Course, take the straight road turning up towards Luffness Mains Farm. This road curves round into a long straight section. About two thirds of the way along there is a belt of trees on the left just before the last large field. Park on the verge here where you will see on the right a signpost for the walk with a sign for Bickertons Way and the Postmans Walk.
Follow the straight woodland footpath. On your left are the woods of Bickerton Strip carpeted in snowdrops and aconites in early Spring and on the right a field with an old water tower for Luffness House. The path comes to a signposted fork and there are various options. Left on Postmans Walk takes you to the ruins of a Carmelite Friary dating from at least the early fourteenth century and the remains of two fishponds which would have served the friary. There is a mysterious archway covering the weathered form of a nameless knight, laid out in his armour. You can follow this path round in a loop onto the road and back past the cottages of Aberlady Mains to your car. Or you can double back from the friary, taking the right turn at the signpost towards Luffness House, again with wood on your left and the field on your right. This wood has primroses in the Spring. This path peters out near Luffness House which is private, so you can either double back to your car along the paths you have taken, or follow the edge of the field on your right in a semi-circle back to your car. The Water Tower in the field acts as a guide. The field edge comes out onto the road shortly before where you will have parked your car.
This link has more details of the 'magic' of this walk.