Training Walk - Budle Bay to Beadnell
Sun 23rd March 2014
22nd March 2014
Training walk 1 for the Shepherdís Walk Coastal challenge.
There is only really one word to summarise this walk – magnificent.
I had been reviewing the weather reports the evening before the walk and was delighted to learn that the winds of the last few days were dropping, that no rain was mentioned and that the sun might be shining. And shine it did.
Another feature of the weather report that I saw was that it said visibility would be very good. As it turned out this weather report was accurate and as a consequence we all had a great day.
There can be no finer sights than the Northumbria coast and we were rewarded with its full glory.
As we walked away from Budle Bay the land rises and we had a full view of the flats with birds flocked on the mud and the sun twinkling off the water - stunning.
As we turned south across the links the magnificence of Bambrough Castle comes into view- thatís a sight no one can ever tire of.
As we walked from Seahouses around the headland we were rewarded with the clearest view of the Farne Islands that I have ever seen. The weather forecasters got it right when they said the visibility would be good.
We saw plenty of bird life including skylarks twittering as they rose into the blue sky, curlews in the newly ploughed fields, eider ducks in the harbours. They too seemed to be enjoying the sunshine.
So it didnít matter that this walk was a training walk it was simply a beautiful walk. We completed the route of 11.5 miles at a good pace and made it back to Beadnell in a total of 4 hours and 45 minutes. Of this we stopped for 50 minutes to eat and enjoy the view. This means that we were walking at 2.9 miles an hour but including the stops we were covering 2.4 miles each hour.
Knowing this helps to prepare for the full challenge walk in two ways. Firstly you can decide whether or not this is a comfortable pace because it is important that during the challenge walk you walk at the pace that suits you. Secondly you can work out how long it will take to cover the 26 miles and knowing this aids preparation and helps with pacing. A tip – walk at your own pace but reduce the overall time by reducing the stopping time.
After such a great day on training walk 1 Iím thoroughly looking forward to training walk 2.
Thank you to all the walkers and to Martin who helped by being the last man for the day.
A great walk in the best weather with great views and company – magnificent.