Alnmouth to Warkworth
Note: We have reversed this walk and it now starts in Alnmouth rather than Warkworth.
|Hills:||Dunes and one small hill|
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Alnmouth to Warkworth is a beautiful walk along one of the best beaches on the North East coast. We leave Alnmouth via Lovers Walk and join the Northumberland Coast Path.
The path takes us over Alnmouth Bridge and towards the Cricket Club. We cross the road here and follow the cycle path until we can walk down to the dunes, where we can access the beach.
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.
We follow the beach from the River Aln all the way down to Warkworth. Although we won’t be going into Warkworth, we will have a stop for lunch at the Warkworth end of the beach, before heading back to Alnmouth. There are toilets here, if required.
St Cuthbert’s Cross and the Mortuary Chapel
After lunch we will return up the beach back towards Alnmouth. However, this time we will visit 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. There are really good views all round from here, especially of Alnmouth.
We will head down off this hill, towards the 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.
From here we will simply retrace our steps along the cycle path and back into Alnmouth.
Hope to see you there.
Julie and Martin