Warkworth to Alnmouth
Warkworth to Alnmouth is a beautiful walk along one of the best beaches on the North East coast. We follow the beach right up to the River Aln before taking the cycle path into Alnmouth. We will have a stop in Alnmouth before heading back to Warkworth.
As you probably know the sand is an excellent surface to Nordic walk on. So, we can really focus on our technique as we power along the sand. Julie and Martin will give extra pointers on technique.
When we reach the point where the Aln River divides Warkworth beach and Alnmouth beach, we will head up the small hill to St Cuthbert’s Cross. There are really good views all round from here, especially of our half-way point, Alnmouth. We will head down off this hill, towards the Mortuary chapel, and then follow the cycle path which takes us into Alnmouth and The Village Tearoom.
After lunch we will head back to Warkworth, missing out St Cuthbert’s Cross and heading straight over the dunes back onto the beach.
St Cuthbert’s Cross
The Cross is said to be the location where St Cuthbert agreed to become Bishop of Lindisfarne when petitioned by the King. As this is a high point on a spit of land, there are great views of the surrounding area, especially Alnmouth itself.
The little Mortuary Chapel
The Mortuary Chapel was built 1869-70 but is now a ruin. It was part of a plan to re-open the cemetery on Church Hill. Church Hill is the site of the ancient parish church of St. Waleric. A flood in 1806 destroyed the remains of the church. The National Trust decided to remove the roof of the chapel, in recent times, to deter squatters. It is now a grade II listed building. It appeared in an episode of Vera recently.