St Oswalds Way - part 1
Tue 9th April 2013
Sundance had been quietly soft shoe shuffling during the week and it had worked for Saturday but had he soft shoe shuffled to soon? Very early Sunday morning even before the larks had rizzed! Mike gave a sigh of relief it was DRY but overcast and cold.
At 7.00 Richard picked up Mike and they set off for Belford to meet the group. By the time the taxi arrived everyone was getting ready and so Richard and three of the group set off for the start on Holy Island as soon as the taxi left the mini buses arrived. Mike was so keen to get going that in the mad scramble to get everyone on board that he very nearly left two of the group behind.
We met up again with Richard and others at the start of the Pilgrims Way where he explained (wittered) about the tides, the sand formations, the fact the marker poles are a fairly recent addition. Eventually we set off across the sands heading towards Snook Point, at first people tried to dodge the puddles but in the end just walked through them. As we approached Snook point we entered an area of Eel Grass this was just an excuse for deep mud and puddles hidden by vegetation. Eventually we reached the tarmac causeway the walking underfoot was easier but we then had to dodge the traffic. In the end we managed to reach the main land and had a short break.
After a couple of fields the next issue was to cross the North East main line, a quick phone call to the signal man on the phone provided we were given permission to cross and then after another quick phone call to say we had all crossed safely we started to climb up away from the sea and make our way inland to the next major obstacle, crossing the A1 this took about 5 minutes as a constant stream of traffic first one way then the other made the crossing a waiting game. Eventually all crossed safely and after walking through the village of Fenwick and another witter we stopped for lunch.
After lunch the group was split into three allowing for people to walk more at there own pace. As usual mike helped bring up the rear. The route now enters Detchant Wood and although a pleasant stroll little in the way of views. Just after leaving the wood St Cuthbert’s Way heads west whilst St. Oswalds continues south. It was along the next section we reached the high point of the day 165m. A good track lead to Swinhoe Farm then one last climb and it was all downhill To Belford.