Warkworth Castle

Warkworth

Route: Warkworth

Area: Northumberland

Date of walk: 2nd September 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.4 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Sunny

The unspoilt village of Warkworth is dominated by ancient Warkworth Castle, once the seat of the Percy family. Our original plan had been to take a short walk around the village, but the lure of the nearby beach and dunes persuaded us to extend the walk a little further

We parked in the free car park outside Warkworth, near the golf course, and strolled down to the beach. Having breathed in some fresh sea air and admired the views along the coast we retraced our steps and followed a path beside the road into Warkworth

We crossed the old bridge and then joined a delightful riverside path known as Monks Walk. This took us past the church as far as the Hermitage, which is an old chapel carved out of the rock, and only accessible by boat on certain days (today was not one of those days). We left the river here to walk along lanes and through fields to Warkworth Castle. The castle is renowned for its beautiful cross-shaped keep and we spent a fascinating hour or so wandering around the atmospheric ruins

After leaving the castle we walked back into the village, crossed the bridge again and retraced our steps to the start of a wonderful short walk

This wasn’t the end of the day however and from here we drove over to The Bathing House at nearby Howick, which will be our base for the next few days. The house is set in such a spectacular position on the Northumberland coast that when we made our original enquiry it was booked solid for 2 years in advance. Our time has finally arrived and we can’t wait to see what the next few days have in store…

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