Warkworth to Alnmouth
Warkworth to Alnmouth is a beautiful 11 mile walk along the beach and the cycle route. There is the opportunity to only do half of the walk. We will have a stop for lunch at Alnmouth (Probably in the Village Tearooms) beach before heading back to Warkworth.
As you probably know the sand is an excellent surface to Nordic walk on. We can really focus on our technique as we power along the sand. Julie will give extra pointers on technique.
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The route we use roughly follows the Northumberland Coast Path, although we stay on the beach as much as possible. We start at Warkworth Beach Car Park and walk along the beach, all the way to the Aln river.
Generally the beach is flat and easy to walk on. The only rocky bit is Birling Carrs, which extends out into the sea. Luckily, the tide will be out when we reach it. So, with careful steps, we can get over these fairly easily. However, there is an alternative route via the caravan site, if anyone wants to avoid the rocks.
The River Aln and St Cuthbert’s Cross
We will take in a little of the history at the point where the Aln River splits Warkworth beach from Alnmouth beach. There are several reminders of its religious past.
The Cross is said to be the location where St Cuthbert agreed to become Bishop of Lindisfarne when petitioned by the King.
The ruined Mortuary Chapel was built 1869-70. It was part of a plan to reopen the cemetery on Church Hill (the site of the ancient parish church of St Waleric, the remains were destroyed by the 1806 flood). The roof of the chapel was deliberately removed by the National Trust in recent times to deter squatters and is now a grade II listed building. It was recently made famous in an episode of Vera.
Next we walk round the back of Alnmouth, by the river. We head onto the Coast Path, which doubles up as a cycleway, and cross the bridge. Then we join “Lovers’ Walk” and soon reach the centre of Alnmouth. We will stop here for lunch.
After lunch we will head back to Warkworth, missing out St Cuthbert’s Cross and heading straight over the dunes and retracing our steps back to the car park. We will probably head down to Bertram’s for tea and cake.
We hope you can join us.
Julie and Martin xx
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