St. Oswalds Way part 3 (Berwick to Alston part 4)
Thu 6th June 2013
St. Oswald’s Way part 3 (Berwick to Alston part 4)
Sundance once again had his work cut out, after the rain on the Wednesday and Thursday had he done enough of the old soft shoe shuffle to get a dry day?
Sunday dawned brightish but cool. The drive to Boulmer was pleasant with little traffic on the roads. The Car park was already half full when Mike got there and FULL by the time everyone else had arrived. Everyone was ready on time and Mike very methodically ticked off his list as people got on the mini buses. After a short journey we arrived at the car park at Beadnell and made use of the public comforts.
Before we started the walk proper Mike took us through the dunes so we could get a view of Beadnell Harbour and the bay to the south, we then walked back through the dunes to the car park and started the days walk. The first part of the route is not the most inspiring as we had to walk through two caravan parks. On exiting the caravans Mike took the opportunity to whitter pointing out Cheviot and Hedgehope away in the distance. The route swung south following the back of the sand dunes and headed towards High Newton.
A demand from the more unruly ones of the group for a tea break and the insistence that it had to have a view had Mike struggling to find a suitable spot but after a little prodding from the unruly ones a spot high in the dunes looking over a small bay met with everyones approval. After a short break we continued on to Low Newton where the local comforts were once more put to full usage.
We continued in a southerly direction and had a brief look at Newton ponds via the bird hides, it was then on to the shanty town of beach huts before braving Embleton Golf course, Toby put us to shame by racing on the TEE and running off with a golf ball. After Toby was put back on to his lead and the golf ball given back we made a quick exit. Dunstanburgh Castle was beckoning in the distance where Mike was going to allow us to have a lunch stop. After a steady walk along the side of the golf course (we only had to duck once for a stray golf ball) we reached the lunch spot under the North West end of the castle.
After a pleasant lunch we set off walking under the High Tower and continued to walk along the shore line heading to Craster. At Craster the first thing we saw was an ice cream van this allowed for an ice cream stop and yet another comfort stop. On starting again we walked through the pub’s Beer Garden, Mike was able to keep everyone on track and not to be distracted by the prospect of Craster Kippers or a cool beer.
An easy walk along the shore line brought us to the cliffs around Cullernose Point. The next section was along a good path along the cliff top until we passed The Bathing House and an area of beach known as Rumbling Kern. Onwards for ever onwards to Sugar Sands where we crossed the stream that flows through Howick Hall Gardens. Here we had another short break as Ann took her dog and Toby down to the sea for a splash about.
At the top of a short climb we could see some trees and Houses on the sky line that marked the position of Boulmer village one more stream crossed by a little wooden bridge and it was a straight walk in to Boulmer passing the last comfort stop of the day and we were back at the cars.
YES Sundance had done it a dry Day and the later part of the day was even warm and sunny.