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Cresswell to Warkworth 2018

Cresswell to Warkworth 2018

Tue 24th April 2018

It was an overcast morning as the 22 walkers for the day (plus 3 Shepherds Walks volunteers) met in Warkworth to board our coach to transport us to our walk’s starting point at Cresswell. On the bus Mark introduced himself and gave a brief outline of the walk and asked Andrea to be the day’s official photographer!

We were fortunate to view the magnificent vista of Druridge Bay as we began our walk on the sand – the tide having just started to go out – before the weather deteriorated with thick clouds and light rain in evidence. At our first coffee stop, Mark talked about the beach, the remaining signs of the 2nd World War defences, the extensive sand excavation in the past and open cast coal mining. Our lunch stop was at the visitor centre where we were able to shelter from the now heavy rain and enjoy our sandwiches in comparative comfort.

Despite the rain everyone’s spirits remained high, and to our delight, as we resumed our route the weather changed completely and the remainder of the day was spent in sunshine and clear blue skies. Continuing on the beach we reached Low Hauxley and pressed on to Amble – a once vibrant port from which local coal was transported and which had thriving fishing and ship building industries. Over this section lovely views of the coastline and Dunstanburgh Castle in the distance and Coquet Island were enjoyed.

The final stretch took us beside the Coquet  estuary with our destination – Warkworth Castle -  prominent and drawing ever closer. On reaching the grounds of the castle Mark spoke of the brief history of the castle and some of the key historical events that had occurred in the village over the centuries. He then wished everyone a safe journey home and thanked them for their company.

Mark wished the 7 walkers raising money for St Leonards Hospice, York well with their endeavours and expressed his thanks to Andrea, Jackie and Jean for their assistance.

Mark Nordmann  

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