St. Oswalds Way part 5 - Warkworth to Weldon Bridge
Tue 6th August 2013
Sundance had been in a dilemma all week should he soft shoe shuffle or would it have the opposite effect put the rain gods in a really bad mood and make it rain? The old soft shoe shuffle won and was duly shuffled.
Sunday dawned bright but the cloud was soon building up as the group met at Weldon Bridge. By 9.15 all the group had arrived and we piled onto the mini bus for the transfer to Warkworth. By 10.00 we were leaving the car park where we had finished last month’s walk. After a short walk we crossed the river Coquet by the old Warkworth Road Bridge and passed through the gateway. A brisk walk up Warkworth high street and we were standing under the walls of Warkworth Castle.
After a short walk we were through Warkworth and on a good farm track that lead South for 2km through New Barns before turning west. The route now follows a green lane that passes close to Morwick Farm (makers of ice cream).
We continued to walk on a good path known as Rake Lane and had a late 11o’clockses before passing under the main North East Railway line (for the 3rd and last time). It was along this stretch that we saw lots and lots of white butterflies. The sun was now beating down and the heat was making the going tough but the occasional stretches under the trees were pleasant. At the end of Rake Lane we turned south for about 1km. Here it was decided to have a lunch stop in the anticipation of a coffee shop at Felton.
After lunch the track continued westward and after walking down a steep bank we met the River Coquet, from here on we would be close to if not exactly walking along its river bank.
A very gentle stroll brought us to the coffee shop and disappointment, it was so full doing dinners we could not get in and the only ice cream sold was in a paper coffee cup!
After another sit in the shade of some trees we set off once more. The path is high above the river, but, and an important but, we were in the shade of trees for the next 3km and it was really pleasant walking.
Once more we crossed (walked under) the A1, again for the third and last time. On leaving the woodland we now entered head high (or for some above head height) bracken and grasses and with the heat it felt as if we were walking through a jungle. Eventually we entered grazing land and the walking was easier but less fun.
After another short stretch of woodland we knew we were near the end as we could hear the traffic crossing the new bridge at Weldon. After walking through some houses gardens we walked the new re-routed section that keeps you down by the river until the Old Weldon Bridge.
Once more a dry sunny day with a lot of happy walkers.