Day 174 : Belford – Beadnell

I am back at Belford to start today’s walk. The main A1 trunk road now pass es the village but at one time it was a coaching stop on the Great North Road. I leave Belford along a muddy path to the A1. I have to be keep my wits about me as I cross this fast stretch of road.


Walk Date :                4th Nov 2015
Mileage :                     12.30 miles                   Total Mileage :          2, 736.49 miles
Accommodation :      YHA, Berwick-on-Tweed

I pass a farm with rows of many silos. Are they used for drying grain? I then cross a railway line and follow the route of the Northumberland coastal path to Warren Mill. I was amused to see a house named Toad Hall although there was no sign of Rat, Mole or Toad.


The village of Bamburgh is overlooked by the imposing castle. I find a lovely coffee shop where I take a break for coffee and cake. The castle sits on a rocky promitory on the coast. The core of the current castle is Norman although there had been an earlier fort on the site.


Dr Sharp is a noteable figure associated with Bamburgh Castle, not only did he set up a hospital but after noting that he treated many shipwrecked patients from the Lindisfarne seas he also pioneered a coastguard and watch system to haul floundering ships to safety.


I continue on to Seahouses where I stop by the harbour for my lunch and chat to a couple of people on holiday from Penrith in Cumbria. I notice there are boats offering trips to the Farne Islands to see the puffin bird colonies and seals.


I pass  a smokehouse on my way out of Seahouses and continue on to Beadnell where I finish for today.