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Sunshine made for a pleasant walking day

The Morpeth Footpaths Society members who did the full walk around Bamburgh.
The Morpeth Footpaths Society members who did the full walk around Bamburgh.

Morpeth Footpaths Society

Twenty seven members of the society were joined by two new recruits for an 8.5-mile walk around Bamburgh on Sunday, March 1.

The weather forecast in the week leading up to the walk was not at all promising, so we were pleased and relieved that the cloud and rain didn’t arrive – in fact it was bright blue skies and sunny all day.

The walk started along the beach from the castle north to Budle Bay and the group were treated to free ‘facials’ courtesy of the sand whipped up by the gale force winds.

Once we rounded the bay, it was more sheltered and we stopped for a cuppa and to admire the fantastic view up the coast. The walk continued inland, crossing the golf course and following the path to Dukesfield.

After about four miles, there was an option to leave the route and return to Bamburgh, which 11 walkers chose to do – some to catch the rugby on the TV and others for a hot Sunday lunch in the village.

The rest of the group completed the second part of the walk, along a mixture of muddy tracks and dry paths and fields, and were rewarded with more great views of the castle and countryside.

After another refreshment stop and photo opportunity, we eventually emerged back on the beach south of the castle for the last leg of a fairly tiring but great walk in our beautiful county.

l The society’s next walk, covering Kirkwhelpington and the Fawns, will take place on Sunday.

The 5.6-mile route is moderately hilly and it may be muddy.

The walk will start from St Bartholomew’s Church, Kirkwhelpington, at 1pm – a four-mile opt out point is available.

For more information, visit morpethfootpathssociety.weebly.com