Lunderston Bay to Inverkip
Babble Rock's third toddler-pace walk of the year took place on an extremely chilly March day. An article in The Scotsman draws a parallel between this stretch of coast and its counterparts in Norway. Well I've never been to that part of the world but the temperature that day seemed pretty Scandinavian to me. We were impressed to see two lovely Babble families braving the chill to join us for this beach walk: Sarah brought Niamh and Aela, while Catherine came with Henry and Ivy.
Part of the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Lunderston Bay is the nearest sandy beach to Glasgow. Despite being so close to both Glasgow and Greenock, a host of wildlife can be seen here from seals and occasionally porpoises to birds such as gannets and eiders, and finally the creatures that inhabit the rockpools: whelks, limpets, crabs, starfish, jellyfish and more. On the day in question we spotted sandpipers and a grey heron, but porpoises and seals sadly eluded us. However the focus on a toddler-pace walk is really getting the tots to walk enthusiastically and as far as possible. Understandably, that involves a lot of chatter and our attention was really fixed on the small people rather than on the wildlife.
But the kiddies did brilliantly: we started at Lunderston Bay and walked along the path to Inverkip, as far as the marina, so those little legs did approximately 2 miles. We stopped for lunch and a muck-about on the beach. The wee folk played in the rock pools and collected sea shells; despite the wind chill, they were pretty intrepid paddlers too! All in all, this is a good all-year-round walk but choose a dry day as the coast is quite exposed to the elements.