The Meal and Hamnavoe circular walk
This month we’re going to take a wander around the Meal and Hamnavoe Circular on Burra (core path CPPBT02).
This is a 4.2km or 2.5 mile walk that takes in the prized beach of Meal, the Hamnavoe Lighthouse and the harbour and village of Hamnavoe. There are seasonal toilets at both Hamnavoe and Meal Beach carpark, along with a general store in Hamnavoe.
The walk would be classed as moderate, it’s not too long or hilly, though it does have its challenges for some. There are stones steps down to the Meal Beach at both ends, and the route out to the lighthouse on Fugla Ness has some very large boulders to navigate across and around. Most of the route is on natural grass, sand or rock with a road walk linking Hamnavoe to the Meal Beach carpark.
If you keep an eye out around the ness you might spot ‘da muckle loch’ or rock pool improved for swimming on the side of Biargar.
If you’re very keen eyed you might find the entrance to the smugglers cave on Pundsar.
Please take extra care if you go exploring about the banks though, it's easy to slip or turn an ankle. If you do clamber across the rocks to the lighthouse you’ll have a great view of the surrounding isles, birds and seals and it’s a lovely spot to sit a while.
The usual precautions for a wander in the countryside apply; wear appropriate footwear and clothing, take a map and some means of communication, a drink and snack, and if you feel uncomfortable crossing the rocks to the lighthouse don’t go there.
Until next time, take care and keep an eye on #shetlandoutdoors!