(to see photos of the weekend and the area click here)
So all was looking good and saturday morning could not have been any better, clear blue skies, tranquil seas, sandy beaches, peaceful hamlets perfection indeed!! We walked from High Newton, down to the sea where we watched a seal trying to eat a fish and fend off seagulls with its spare flipper! Then across the broad bays to Dunstanborough Castle which looked stunning in the sunshine. Lunch was taken at Craster where many of us took advantage of the summery weather and indulged in our first icecream of the year!! mmmm. Then it was onwards above the crying kittiwake colonies of the low cliffs to Alnmouth and a final ice cream of the day! But the days are only half the expreience and a few beers in the hairy lemon and a good live singer in the Fleece, provided an excellent saturday night out in Alnwick.
Sunday dawned suspiciously nice too! Easy and moderate walks explored the castle, the tree house, the priory, the abbey and Brizlee hill, whilst another moderate walk and a hardened group battled through the Cheviots. The highlight of the three passes route had to be the wildlife, with curlews, lapwings and skylarks returning to the moors, but 3 adders curled up on the bankside were a very early surprise. Meanwhile our valiant troop battled against strong winds, hail and sleet to conquer the dizzy heights of Hedgehope.
Overall not a bad weekends walking and I would even suggest some people even enjoyed it!!