Day 49 Picturesque Northumberland Towns

Sunday 24 May 2015

Amble to Craster
16.5 miles
Proctor Steads campsite

Grey skies but no rain as I set off along the main road from Amble to Warkworth. A good looking town that wouldn’t be out of place in the Cotswolds, Warkworth has a ruined castle on a hill and a 14th Century fortified bridge spanning the River Coquet.   

Approaching Warkworth up the River Croquet
 Having rounded the Warkworth Harbour I could head for the beach; another long stretch of golden sands all the way to Alnmouth (sort of). The River Aln flows into Alnmouth Bay and requires a 2 mile detour around the roads. Alnmouth needs a ferry!  

Within touching distance of Alnmouth, across the River Aln
 
It’s a long way around to get there!
  Another picturesque town and the tourists were out in force. I stopped at the Red Lion Inn, as it had been recommended, and treated myself to a Sunday roast dinner and a pint.  

Sunday roast at the Red Lion, Alnmouth
 After Alnmouth I walked along the undulating headland as the beaches were covered in amazing rock formations. It must be a geologist’s paradise. 

I passed RAF Boulmer and then crossed a small bridge at Low Stead Links, where a stream flows into the beach and it’s a designated SSSI.  

Low Stead Links near Howick
 At Cullernose Point the gulls were nesting on the black cliff and covering it in white streaks of bird poo.  

Nesting gulls at Cullernose Point
 All the way along the cliffs I had been getting glimpses of Dunstanburgh Castle looming in the distance. It towers over Craster, the final picturesque town of my day, which has a famous smokehouse. Unfortunately it is closed on a Sunday so no kippers for me.  

Looking across Craster harbour to Dunstanburgh Castle
 Back to camping tonight; it’s been a while.  

Craster harbour

One thought on “Day 49 Picturesque Northumberland Towns

  1. chris frazer May 28, 2015 / 3:21 am

    Lovely pictures of a beautiful part of the country…..had a few sessions in the Red Lion….always very messy. north Northumberland and Berwickshire equally as beautiful. So envious. Well Done Juice.

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