NORTHUMBERLAND COAST PATH
Alnmouth to Low Newton-by-the-Sea [11.3 miles]
Our very first trip to the Northumberland Coast Path and we were expecting something completely different - we were not disappointed.
The day started with an early breakfast at our luxurious b&b before we headed off to a car part near the coast at Low Newton (en route being surprised to see a barn owl flying along hedgerow beside us). The problem with this first walk was that we had to catch 2 buses: one to Alnwick (where we had just left) and the other from Alnwick to Alnmouth with a 5 minute window to change buses. In the event this went smoothly enough thanks to the second bus being a tad late at Alnwick bus station.
We were soon at Amble and ready to start our walk north. The weather forecast didn't look very promising no matter which source we chose to view.
Alnmouth Bay looking south
Alnmouth Bay looking north
The coast path here is quiet flat and almost benign to walk on. We quickly discovered that it was a good idea to use a spot of common sense and walk along the sands where pssible as a lot of the coast path is alongside the tall sand dunes, but inland, and so the view of the sea is completely hidden.
As would be expected, we made quite good progress, stopping occasionally to hurridly don a waterproof when the drizzle set in - albeit only briefly when we looked back on the day. We passed through and round Alnmouth Golf Club and back onto the path. We came across a spot of 'Farm Art' attached to a wall which entertained us as we walked towards Boulmer.
Just south of Boulmer we came across two navigation markers to assist boats entering the rock guarded Boulmer Haven.
The navigation markers at Boulmer Haven
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The footbridge at Iron Scars
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We came in sight of Cullernose Point, a renowned cliff with hndreds of kittiwakes nesting precariously one minute ledges. We stopped for lunch on a convenient bench and took in the view.
Fulmars nesting south of Cullernose point
Fulmar - keeping quiet
The gorse on Cullernose Point
Soon we were off again, the skies brightening all the while as we approached Craster. The sun made a brief but welcomed appearance and the temperature started to rise. We passed through Craster and headed for the imposing Dunstanburgh Castle which dominated the area.
Then the sun came out
We passed by the castle, stopping to admire a heron peacefully waiting for his tea and headed for Newton-by-the-Sea.
More kittiwakes as we pass Rumble Churn on Castle Point
Looking back at Dunstanburgh Castle
The sun was out and I estimated we still had a couple of miles to walk, but Geri was having problems and so we parted company at Dunstanburgh Golf Club whenre Geri had a coffe and teacake whilst I finished the last mile and a bit.
A great day's walking and at 11.7 miles, a tad longer than the 10½ miles I'd worked out on my map.