Coastal Challenge Walk 2013 - Training Walk 2
Tue 23rd April 2013
Wednesday phone call from Jon “do you fancy an easy walk on Saturday” Yes says I. Ok its Beadnel to Alnmouth as you have walked it before it will be no problem! So Sundance started the old soft shoe shuffle and yes it worked again. Saturday was a bright sunny day although there was a stiff SW wind.
We met at Almouth football clubs ground and by 9.45 we were on the mini bus heading for the start of the walk at Beadnell. A quick loo stop and we were off. The path goes through a caravan park before a sharp left leads to the back of the dunes eventually after crossing a footbridge we eventually reached Newton Links car park (which is checkpoint 2 on the challenge walk). The path continues along the back of the dunes until Low Newton. Here the path goes behind the village (and passes a public loo). The route passes two bird hides at Newton pool before reaching an area with numerous beach huts, we eventually stopped for lunch near the beach huts overlooking Embleton Bay with Dunstanburgh Castle as a back drop.
After lunch we had to negotiate a golf course to Castle Point and then walked below Dunstanburgh before heading along the some fields to reach Craster. Check point 3 is just in front of Lifeboat Station. The path now takes a strange route as it goes through the back garden of the pub before reaching the cliffs around Cullernose Point. The next leg walks along the cliffs and passes The Bathing House then crosses a stream by a concrete bridge at the seaward end of Howick Hall Gardens. A sharp little climb takes us up on to grassland which eventual develops in to a track that leads to Boulmer (check point 4). After another loo stop and a coffee stop for Mike we set off passing Boulmer Haven then through another caravan park keep an eye out for a sharp left turn Seaton House.
A small problem of tides now becomes an issue as you now have to walk along the beach to reach a small gate that takes you to Foxton Hall. If the tide is in you have to join the road from Boulmer to Alnmouth. Having walked round the club house and across the golf course the path winds its way along the cliff top before descending down into Almouth.
Following the road to Alnwick we crossed the river Aln and just before reaching Hipsburn we arrived back at the cars.