Warkworth to Amble Nordic Walk
This is a lovely linear return walk, from Warkworth to Amble. Starting by the River Coquet, the walk follows the river towards the once busy fishing port of Amble. After Amble the walk continues on to Hauxley Nature Reserve, where we will break for lunch.
After our break at Hauxley Nature Reserve, the walk then returns the same way as we follow the river Coquet back to Warkworth. Look out for herons on the banks of, and often in, the river.
Warkworth is small but beautiful little village, dominated by the magnificent Warworth castle, situated at the top of the main street. The village sits in a loop of the river Coquet, which has it’s mouth at Amble.
Amble is situated on the Coquet Estuary and is commonly known as “the freindliest port”. Situated just off the coast at Amble is Coquet Island, which is an important RSPB seabird sanctuary and home to 30,000 pairs of seabirds, including Puffins and 90% of the UK population of Roseate Terns. Boating trips are available, from Amble, to view the seabird colonies.
Hauxley is situated at the North end of Druridge Bay. The lake here attracts many species of birds. Birdwatchers make good use of the many hides situated around the lake, allowing them to enjoy being as close as possible to the birds. As well as this, the views down the length of Druridge bay are spectacular.
Cormorants and ducks are commonplace on the river, as well as some herons, often standing in the middle of the weir, waiting for unsuspecting fish. If you are lucky you might also see shellducks and redshanks.
At Hauxley Nature Reserve, you can see many more species of ducks and geese and sometimes swans as well as a multitude of other flora and fauna.