A great walk, even if the forecast was right

Some of the people who went on the Morpeth Footpaths Society walk.
Some of the people who went on the Morpeth Footpaths Society walk.
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Morpeth Footpaths Society

The weather forecast was not brilliant for our all-day walk from Chatton to Budle Bay, but we set off in high spirits ever hopeful that the Met Office would have got it wrong.

Our coach trip was one of two annual specials where members get a subsidised rate of £5 per head and get to walk rather further afield than normal without the concern of driving.

A total of 28 people set off on the ten miler. We walked along a country lane out of Chatton, making height as we went.

Looking back, we were able to enjoy lovely views towards the coast and during the first part of the journey, we were lucky enough to see a deer bounding across the field. Unfortunately, we could also see the dark grey clouds following us.

Undaunted, we pressed on to open moorland. As predicted, the heavens opened and we were all glad that we had donned waterproofs at the outset.

Our leader Tom spotted a very handy barn and we made our way there for our lunch stop. Who knew that a barn would seem so luxurious?

After a break, we followed a path through woodland, went across a ford and then headed down into Warenford. Our coach was waiting at Warenford ready to take those members who wanted to leave the walk into Bamburgh to enjoy some refreshments.

The rest of us pressed on towards Lucker and beyond, still enduring some very persistent precipitation.

We kept in good spirits, however, and were rewarded by seeing some of the cutest lambs and calves as we walked along.

It then got even better as the sun came out – we had almost forgotten what that looked like – and there was beautiful Budle Bay glimmering in golden sunlight.

What a sight for sore eyes as we were yet again reminded of what a fantastic county we live in. Morpeth Footpaths Society (MFS) is always keen to welcome new members. There are walks to suit all ages and abilities and you will be sure of a warm welcome.

For more information about MFS and its walking programme, visit morpethfootpathssociety.weebly.com