• Northumberland Coastal Path - completed!

    Cresswell to Warkworth: Northumberland Coastal Path (10.5 miles)

    Sandpipers scuttle above the waterline on damp sand, high goose stepping at pace whilst slate-grey waves roll in a succession of peaks and troughs. Wind races over the wave tops creating 'white horses' breaking mesmerically upon the golden sands stretching north along the great expanse of Druriridge Bay. Leaden skies herald a shower that dulls the sands to a dark fawn before giving way to bright sunshine that causes the walker to shield their eyes against the glare from the sand.

    This constant change is the norm for Northumberland, where sea-spray from the crashing waves can back and suddenly the walker is sandblasted from the attendant dunes.

    The walk north from the village of Cresswell along a coastline that has reverted to a natural beauty, after the ripping apart of the land by opencast coal mining now ended, is a rich experience. These former opencast pits are now filled with water and form a series of ponds and lakes that have encouraged wildlife to move in. These lakes now attract the birdwatcher and the wildlife enthusiast whilst the coast shows the constant... the sea.

    Progress is quick along the beach initially and then through dune paths to reach the small settlement of Low Hauxley, hunkered down against the prevailing weather.

    Amble (Formerly Warkworth Harbour) has the air of a small working port at the end of the River Coquet. Static caravan parks mix with 'down at heel' housing and areas now gentrified that show that the town has a future to look forward to.

    The final walk to Warkworth is along the road on a wide pavement, hemmed in by the slow flowing estuary of the Coquet. A fine end in a beautiful place - the whole of the coastal path now complete!

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