Budle Bay, Bamburgh
Mon 24th October 2011
The weather forecast was for a nice October day, but as we all pulled our boots on the drizzle was starting to fall. On the plus side the car park machine was not working, which was a real bonus at the start of the walk and with everybody turning up early it was great to get away on time.
As we skirted Bamburgh Castle, passing the recently set up Zip Wire we headed towards the coast and headed north up the Northumberland Coastal Path. The 64 miles / 103 km long Northumberland Coast Path forms part of the international North Sea Trail. This long distance path starts at the small village of Cresswell in the south and ends in the historic town of Berwick upon Tweed in the north.
As the drizzle stopped we approached and followed the path through the golf course. Bamburgh Castle golf club was founded in 1904 by Lord Armstrong of Bamburgh and Cragside, with the support of his friends, after the failure of two earlier courses on the links between Bamburgh and Seahouses. This effort was on a larger scale. He donated the clubhouse and funded the development of the course, which was laid out on leased land from one of his Newcastle based friends and colleagues, Mr Cruddas.
We continued a little further up the coast before arriving at Budle Bay, a bird sanctuary. At low tide a large amount of mud flats are exposed and therefore is home to many thousands of sea and land birds.
After skirting around the edge of Waren Mill we again joined the Northumberland Coastal Path for our return trip passing lime kilns and the caravan site, before being treated to one of my favourite approaches into Bamburgh. Approaching Bamburgh from the highest point on the walk, with Bamburgh Castle in the distance is a view which I think really shows the imposing castle off superbly.
It was again a lovely walk, a truly relaxed walk and with lots of like minded people on the walk it made for a brilliant atmosphere. Thanks everybody for coming along and I look forward to seeing you all again sometime.