Warkworth to Craster - 2019
It was a glorious October morning as we met at Craster ready to be transferred to the start of the day’s walk at Warkworth. There were 16 walkers – 13 were new to Shepherds Walks and Sam the beagle. On the minibus to Warkworth, Mark introduced himself and outlined the route and format for the day.
Before walking across the golf course to the dunes, Mark talked about the history of Warkworth castle and its links to the Percy family. As we followed the coastal path to Alnmouth and further on to Boulmer, fantastic panoramic views of the Northumbrian coast and the beaches were enjoyed by all. Lunch was on the beach at Boulmer where Mark again recounted some of the events “on this day in history” and talked about the smuggling history of this small fishing village and the R.A.F. base.
Our route continued along the coastal path past the idyllic Sugar Sands and on to the 8000 year old site of the Howick “round house”. Mark talked here about Howick Hall – the ancestral home of the Grey family, and its famous Prime Minister Charles Earl Grey, renowned for introducing Earl Grey tea to the U.K. in the early 19th century.
As we approached Craster and with the iconic Dunstanburgh Castle in the distance, we witnessed a huge flock of geese – possibly in excess of 1500 - heading south making their distinctive calls. Before we walked into the village, Mark talked a little about the history of the castle and the fabulous Craster kippers and wished everyone a safe journey home. This was a wonderful walk with unbelievable weather and all who walked thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Mark 17 Oct 2019
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