Wonderful views on the society’s circular stroll

Morpeth Footpaths Society

A TOTAL of 27 walkers from Morpeth Footpaths Society met at Amble Harbour on a bright and breezy Sunday morning for a 6.2-mile circular walk via historic Warkworth, with stunning views of Warkworth Castle.

After leaving the harbour and the bustling Sunday market, we walked up the main street out of the town, passing the cemetery where graves for the fallen of two World Wars are maintained at the behest of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and the sprawl of allotments, before joining a muddy path to New Hall.

The footpath became even muddier, but was passable, and it was a relief to get onto firmer ground when we joined the stone track of St Oswald’s Way and headed towards Warkworth and its imposing castle.

At New Barns, we stopped to admire the wonderful clear views of Amble and Coquet Island.

A few minutes later, we followed a path round a field and exited at Old Barns, then turned left into Watershaugh Road and down the steep bank where we reached the River Coquet across from The Hermitage, though as it was out of season, the ferry was not in operation.

Lunch was taken at the picnic tables on The Stanners below the castle and some of the group went to look at the stone graves in St Lawrence’s Churchyard.

After lunch, we followed the river back to Amble, watching the cormorants and other wildlife on the Coquet, before cutting through the busy boatyard to reach our start point after two-and-a-half hours’ walking.

For further information about Morpeth Footpaths Society, phone 01670 517085 or see www.morpethfoot pathssociety.org.uk