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Northumberland Coast Path : Warkworth to Beadnell

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A June 2012 trip to Northumberland by Slug

Warkworth Northumberland Photo, Northumberland, England More Photos
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Walking Craster to Beadnell

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Northumberland Sheep Photo, Northumberland, England
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Beyond our pit stop at the Ship Inn at Low Newton by the Sea, we wandered on towards our destination for the day, Beadnell by wandering along the wide expanse of Beadnell Bay.We were lucky enough to catch the rather curved bay at low tide in the late afternoon sun, with a threatening storm meaning the light was particularly dramatic. Although sand, beaches and bay feature heavily in the Northumberland Coast Path the nice thing about the changeable weather and the different times of day we hit the beach meant that each experience was distinctive and different. This particular beach is home to the UK's largest colony of Arctic Tern, which perhaps gives you some idea o...Read More
Tractor by the Sea Photo, Northumberland, England
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From Alnmouth, the Northumberland Coast Walk took us past some of my favourite and most familiar parts of the region through the little fishing village of Boulmer (where the public toilet graffiti offers you the distinctly dubious opportunity to meet "Susan" on selected afternoons!) and past my favourite town of Craster, which I write about in another journal. This area really is a beautiful bit of Northumberland coast, and we cheered up as the somewhat changeable weather improved as we wandered on. It goes without saying for most places, but as most of Northumberland's attractions are outdoors ones, the weather can play a large part in ensuring a successful and memorable vacation. One i...Read More

The Schooner Hotel

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Hotel | "The Schooner Inn Alnmouth"

The Schooner Hotel Photo, Alnmouth, Northumberland
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To celebrate the near end of our long day's hike, we decided to risk cramp and stopped for a drink in one of Alnmouth's oldest pubs, the Schooner Inn which dates from the 1600s.The pub is one of those (many) buildings described as "Britain's most haunted". As I already live in a house occupied by an occasionally seen but friendly spirit, I'm not terribly excited by such things but as the pub was almost on route it seemed a sensible place to stop. While I wasn't looking for them, it is true that we found some horrible apparitions in the beer garden to the front of the pub. Alas, rather than it be some kind of echo from the past it was some of Britain's "finest" apparently finish...Read More

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The Schooner Hotel
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Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2RS
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Taking a trip to Alnmouth

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Northumberland Coast Path Photo, Northumberland, England
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The Northumberland Coast Path has some annoyed but necessary detours away from the coast because of a number of river estuaries in Northumberland. The most annoying one is just south of Alnmouth. Perhaps it was because we were towards the end of a 15 mile section, but it seemed particularly frustrating that we could almost touch the town about 3 miles before we entered it; blocking our way the muddy estuary with the meandering River Aln snaking through it. Although the crossing between the path and the town is narrow, we were warned that an attempt to cross the muddy estuary on foot could end in disaster, and so were forced to take the 3-4 mile detour around to the first bridge into the ...Read More

Walking to Warkworth!

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Warkworth Northumberland Photo, Northumberland, England
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After completing our amble to Amble in Northumberland, it seemed only appropriate to walk to Warkworth continuing the route set by the Northumberland Coast Path. The walk between the two towns isn't particularly memorable and largely consists of following a path along the road.As we approached Warkworth the huge square block of stone that is the Castle on top of an outcrop above the town started to loom large. Featured in some scenes of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Warkworth is best known for its castle. Built in around 1150, the castle was strengthened over the next 300 years to defend the area against Scottish invasion, and because the Kings of the age liked to stay there from time to time. ...Read More