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Nordic Walk - Howick and coastal path

Nordic Walk - Howick and coastal path

Mon 19th February 2018

What a great start to our Nordic Walking programme for 2018.

We could not have asked for better weather for February as we arrived for the start of the walk, near to Howick. It was great to catch up with everybody again, both those who have walked with us before and also a new Nordic Walker, welcome!

After a quick introduction, we set off, heading North up the Northumberland Coastal Path passing the Bath House. This truly unique and most charming Grade II listed cottage stands in possibly the most idyllic and desirable location on the Northumberland coast. Set in a superb and secluded position on the cliff edge with a sandy cove below, it commands panoramic coastal views from every window. The majestic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle can be seen in the north, whilst to the south, there are distant views of Coquet Island.

As we continued up the Northumberland Coastal Path we frequently stopped and caught up with old friends.

Just before we reached Craster we headed inland passing through some farmland before reaching Howick Hall.

Howick was the home of the Grey family from 1319 and Charles 2nd Earl Grey is the most distinguished member.

As leader of the Whig party, he was Prime Minister from 1830 to 1834, during which time the Great Reform Bill of 1832 was passed in the teeth of opposition from the Duke of Wellington; this started the process of parliamentary reform which eventually led to our modern democracy.  He married Mary Elizabeth Ponsonby in 1794; the marriage was happy and fruitful and the couple had 15 children.

Howick is also the home of Earl Grey tea!  The tea was specially blended by a Chinese mandarin for Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, to suit the water from the well at Howick, using bergamot in particular to offset the taste of the lime in it.  Lady Grey used it in London when entertaining as a political hostess, and it proved so popular that she was asked if it could be sold to others, which is how Twinings came to market it and it is now sold worldwide.  Sadly the Greys, being un-businesslike, failed to register the trademark and as a result, they have never received a penny in royalties.

We then had a short walk back down the road back to the cars.

A lovely Nordic Walk complimented by some great company!

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