Warkworth to Alnmouth – 3rd November 2018

The weather forecast for this walk looked good, as a small group met at the Warkworth Picnic Area car park.  Following the clocks changing, we moved the start time to 10 am.   Everyone arrived early. Warm up completed, we started down to Warkworth beach and towards Alnmouth, which we could see in the distance. Warkworth beach is around 3 miles long and really beautiful.  Everyone headed off at their own pace, with Martin, Claire and Kirsty striding out in front.  Chris and Anne lagged behind, as they were taking photographs along the way. We came across some rocks which, because the tide was high, were negotiated by going up onto the cliff top.  This path took us alongside an old WW2 pillbox hidden in the cliff side. Dropping down onto the beach again, we reached the mouth of the river Aln, separating us from Alnmouth.  From here, we walked up a small hill to reach St Cuthbert’s Cross.  This location is allegedly where St Cuthbert agreed to become Bishop of Lindisfarne when petitioned by the King.  The view from the top is spectacular, and Chris, who hadn’t seen it before, exclaimed “Wow”. Group photograph taken we then dropped down to the Cycle Path which took us around to Alnmouth.  Claire asked Martin if we were walking along Lovers Walk!  Unfortunately work was being carried out and the route was closed. Once we were in Alnmouth, we headed to The Village Tearooms.  This is one of our regular stops.  We were told there was no space for us.  However, Julie stepped in and spoke to Denise, who found us space and we enjoyed crab sandwiches, hot beef and gravy stotties and cakes with lashings of tea.

Following lunch we retraced our steps along the cycle route, missing out the trip to St Cuthbert’s Cross, and instead crossing the dunes to the beach. By now the weather wasn’t so good.  The blue sky had made way for rain, so the walk back was a lot quicker. Reaching the cars, we did a cool down and everyone said they had thoroughly enjoyed the day. Another great day out with great people.  See you on the next walk. Julie and Martin

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