• Northumberland's beautiful coastline

    St. Oswald's Way: Warkworth to Low Newton-by-the-sea

    16.5 miles along one of the most beautiful coastlines in Britain.

    Leaving Warkworth by the road to the caravan park and thence out onto the long expanse of beach that stretches south and north from Amble to Alnmouth. Only dog walkers seem to have greeted the early morning sun on this glorious late Spring day with the North Sea sparkling in perfect conditions.

    The beach leads on across Birling Carrs and a series of concrete-block tank traps, a legacy of World War Two protection, to the River Aln. Here the walk turns inland and makes along detour around to the first bridge upstream. If low tide has been encountered there is a public right of way that lies across the river mouth below Church hill. the view of Alnmouth from Church Hill is worthwhile in itself but can afford a careful crossing where the river should be less than two and half feet high, anything more... then turn back!

    It feels like a wrench to leave the village but the warming sun means the heat is building and the cool of onshore breeze is found beyond the golf course as the beach is once more reached. the smell of the sea becomes intense and that feeling of general well-being courses through the body. The ebbing tide reveals a succession of beaches, some sand and others wave-cut rock each with a unique character, headlands jut out before the walker heading north and on one of these stands the tiny settlement of Boulmer.

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    To read more, please visit the 'St. Oswald's Way' file in the Long Distance Walks section of Projects 2

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