Alnwick walk, River Aln

Alnwick

Northumberland

Route: Alnwick

Area: Northumberland

Date of walk: 9th June 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.0 miles

Weather: Sunny

We’d first visited the Alnwick Garden in March 2015 and had been impressed with the strength of the design. On our return to Northumberland we were keen to see if the planting matched up to its surroundings. We weren’t disappointed, and will let the photos describe the beauty of the gardens

We started our walk today from garden car park and walked along the B1340 for a short distance before turning off at the bridge to walk through the pastures on the bank of the River Aln This was an enchanting section of the walk, with sublime views across the river to Alnwick Castle. At Lion Bridge we followed a footpath to Abbey Cottage and then crossed the river again over another bridge. At the end of the bridge we followed a footpath on the right which brought us to the arched entrance to Hulne Park

If time had permitted we’d have walked along one of the trails in Hulne Park – this would have extended the route by 4-7 miles depending on our choice – but we’d spent so much time in the garden that this wasn’t an option, so we contented ourselves with walking through Alnwick town back to the start

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