Route: Alnmouth

Area: Northumberland

Date of walk: 14th March 2020

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.7 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Mostly cloudy, some bright spells

After an absence of several months, it was good to be back in one of our favourite walking areas in the country – Northumberland. On the way to our destination near Howick, we made a short detour to the attractive coastal village of Alnmouth

Located at the mouth of the River Aln, the village once had a port supporting a small fishing industry and was for a time a leading centre for the export of grain. In recent times it has transformed into a coastal resort and lies within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

We parked in one of the roadside spaces at the edge of the village, and from here it was a short stroll onto the beach which forms part of Alnmouth Bay. There is a public footpath running along the top of the dunes, but we preferred to walk along the sandy beach, heading north towards Marden Rocks

At the far point of the rocks we reluctantly turned inland to follow the track through Alnmouth golf course. Beyond the course we crossed the road and descended gently down a path to the banks of the River Aln. On reaching the village of Lesbury we crossed a footbridge over the river to head back to the start. The path took us past some of the wetlands around Alnmouth, and we had several good sightings of lapwing, curlew and redshank along the way

We followed a path around the edge of the village and, since the tide was low, we were able to walk along the beach back to the start of the walk

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