Morpeth Footpaths Society
It was a cold, breezy morning in north Northumberland as 17 hardy souls gathered to do a circular from Belford to St Cuthbert’s Cave.
Our leader, Tom Lisgo, promised that the weather would improve during the walk and that we were in for an easy eight-miler with some spectacular scenery thrown in for good measure. We certainly weren’t disappointed.
After walking up a gentle gradient, we reached a good viewpoint with great views of Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands, where we stopped for a coffee and to share some ‘Christmas chocolates’.
We then went on with the walk, passing over fields and farm tracks, until we reached St Cuthbert’s Cave.
From St Cuthbert’s Cave, we could see the Cheviots dressed in winter white and looking beautiful against a blue sky. Tom gave us a potted history of the cave, which was very interesting.
We then took shelter from the still bracing wind to enjoy our lunch.
After lunch, we carried on to the highest point of the walk. The short climb was well worth the effort as to one side we could see the Cheviots, whilst in the opposite direction was the fabulous coast. We all agreed that we are so lucky to live where we do.
Onward again past crags, through woodland and finally back to Belford. A little muddy, and windswept, but definitely in high spirits after a lovely walk.
Our efforts had certainly been well rewarded with spectacular views and good company.