A short walk – when the tide is low.
Park in Finstown ( HY359 138) – there are several places, the car park in the centre of the village or you can park directly across from the start of The Ouse pathway, beside the Firth Primary School.
There are also several regular bus services which pass through Finstown.
The walk takes you round the edge of the tidal flats and because of that it can be slippy underfoot.
This part of the pathway is easy for all, however, it then becomes a bit trickier where raised wooden walkways have been installed to lift it out of the wet.
These are excellent for most people, however, anyone with mobility issues may find these difficult to use as you have to step up onto them and the surface is covered with wire. This wire gives you grip on the surface which would otherwise get slimy. The wooden slats are spaced quite wide apart which does mean that it is possible to catch your foot and trip. Also some dogs may not like this surface and choose their own path.
Just as you are getting into your stride the ‘promoted’ path ends abruptly.
From this point on you make your own way so, much more difficult for anyone with mobility issues. But for those who continue on there is still much to interest you .
Where the burn flows into the bay at this point was where you can leave the pathway and join the Grandon Road. This road may seem quiet but quite a few cars use it, so take care .
From there it is a short walk into the village . If you need something to eat and/or drink there is the shop and the Post Office or you can stop off at Leigh’s van.
Please remember that this walk takes you round tidal mud flats so that it may not always be possible to do it. There are also problems with the path for anyone with mobility issues but there is seating at the start of the pathway on both sides of the road which have excellent views.
The Sandwick Stroller