Budle Bay to Beadnell - training walk
Mon 6th April 2015
Saturday 4th April
Training Walk for the Coastal Challenge - Part 1 Budle Bay to Beadnell.
The weather forecasters said that Saturday’s weather would be dominated by a high pressure system sitting over Britain. The result, they said, would be settled weather. Not bright sunshine and no wind, rain or hailstones – just a quiet day. They got it exactly right. As a result the perfect day for walking.
After being dropped off by the minibus at Budle we set off along the route of the coastal path and made good time skirting round the edge of Budle Bay to turn south towards Bamburgh. The views in the area are spectacular. The tide was out and all of Budle Bay’s sandy basin was on view and as soon as we turned away from this the magnificent Bamburgh castle came into sight.
We had a short stop underneath the castle having made the successful crossings of the golf courses before continuing across the fields to Seahouses, which was predictably heaving on this Easter Saturday. We skirted the harbour and had a break on the headland above the village. The tide was coming in in gentle waves, the kittiwakes were nesting on the cliffs and eider ducks feeding inside the harbour wall – coastal Northumberland at its best.
We made it through the final golf course and out onto the last stretch along the road to Beadnell.
A great day, a great group. Thank you for your company.
The walk was 11.6 miles and took us 5 hours (which included stops) which averages out at 2.3 miles per hour. The actual walking or moving time was 4 hours which gives an average walking speed of 3 miles and hour which is good going.