Total Distance:- 25.9 Km (16.1 miles)
Ave Speed:- 4.03 Km/Hr (2.50 mph) [9.24 am – 15.50 pm]
Max height:- 39 m (128 ft)
Total ascent:- negligible
Charles led, 9 in group. Leaving the coach just after the roundabout at Ellington, in bright sunshine we headed towards the coast on what turned out to be a very muddy track/path. In some places, the water spread right across the path so it was easier just to plodge through it. Approaching the coast, we crossed the path separating the two parts of Cresswell Pond, the wind creating waves on the water’s surface. After crossing a minor road, a short walk through the dunes brought us onto the beach at Druridge Bay. With a very low tide, there was plenty of hard sand to walk on as we turned NNW parallel to the dunes. After a short time we headed to the edge of the dunes where we had our coffee stop. On our way again, we continued NNW, twice having to cross fast flowing streams of water which fortunately were not too deep although there was not much of Angie’s boots showing above the water at one point. Looking back down the beach, there were attractive views with the sun glinting off the sea and pools of water. As we came level with Druridge Bay Country Park, we turned inland and made for the path around Ladyburn Lake. Unfortunately, unlike the previous week, there were no reflections in the lake as the wind was breaking the surface of the water. However, the presence of reeds blowing in the wind made for an attractive view. Arriving at the stepping stones at the NW corner of the lake we were slightly surprised to see that the level of the lake was quite a bit lower than the surface of the stepping stones. Consequently, we all made it safely across although Angie did take her time. We later heard that one member of another group had fallen into the water. As we walked around the lake Charles advised that because we had got off the coach much earlier than expected and made good time up the beach, his planned lunch stop would be delayed, which was probably just as well as the tables at the park were exposed to the wind. After rounding the headland beside Silver Carrs, we headed to the edge of the dunes where we had our lunch stop, fairly well protected from the wind. After lunch, we joined the track heading through Low Hauxley before heading back onto the sands after passing through the hamlet. Continuing NW, we had excellent views of Coquet Island, the lighthouse shining brightly in the sunlight. We headed through the dunes again as we made our way to the south pier at Amble Harbour. As the tide was still relatively low, there was no issue with waves over the pier, so we made our way SW along the harbour and through the town. After crossing the A1068, we continued WSW, initially along the road to the cemetery and then along a narrow footpath to New Hall. As we approached New Hall the sky became darker and there were some spots of rain. After crossing a minor road we continued WSW on a footpath,, stopping behind a small wood where we had an afternoon stop in relative shelter from the wind. After the stop, we headed SW and then turned N. Near New Barns we joined a tarmac surface and it was here that we had a good view of a rainbow seeing both points where the pot of gold should be. On reaching Olds Barns, we had an excellent view of Warkworth Castle before we made our way to Howlett Hall and the R Coquet. Walking alongside the river there was virtually no wind and the river provided a good reflection of the castle. At the north end of the town we crossed the old bridge and then made our way to the coaches which were parked just off the road leading to the golf club. Thus ended a very good walk, even if the pace was a bit fast and the wind was an issue when it wasn’t behind us.
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