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Coastal Challenge Training Walk part 2 - 2015

Coastal Challenge Training Walk part 2 - 2015

Thu 23rd April 2015

Today’s training walk in preparation for the Shepherds Walks Coastal Challenge took the second part of the route along the Northumberland Coastal path from Beadnell to Alnmouth.

This route passes through caravan sites, golf courses, pretty villages, along coastal paths and beaches. The sun was shining and the wind was gentle and from the east which meant that the sea was calm. The sun shining off the benign sea made for a wonderful spectacle.

The names of places and features along this stretch of the coastline are fascinating. We walked by Beadnell Bay which has Robin Wood’s Rock at the mid point and ends at Snook Point before entering the next bay called Football Hole. This leads to Newton Haven and a set of rocks called Jenny Bells Carr before arriving at Embleton Bay.

Embleton Bay ends at Castle Point which is the site of the enigmatic Dunstanburgh Castle.  From here the walk takes you to Craster via Scrogg Hill and the Heughs.

Leaving Craster the walk takes you past Black Hole to Cullernose Point and through to Rumbling Kern, past Sugar Sands and Howdiemont Sands to Boulmer and on to Seaton Point. The final part of the walk is along the beach (or in our case the pebbles) of Alnmouth Bay for the final few miles through Alnmouth.

We covered 15.4 miles in 6 hours and 20 minutes (including breaks) which works out at around 2.5 miles per hour.

Thank you to my fellow walkers for a great day out.

Chris Constable

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