Definitely feeling like September but mostly dry and sunny. The tides are with us today so we decided to take a long beach walk from Cocklawburn Beach…
What I had originally thought was 3 seperate beaches in fact t at low tide are all one long beach.
We were also able to walk straight along (over a few rocky bits) onto Cheswick Beach – Poppydog is the little speck at the end of her footsteps in the sand….
There were a few other walkers around but more than enough beach for everyone.
In fact at low tide you could walk from Cocklawburn all the way out to Holy Island some 7 miles away albeit you woukid have to wade across a couple of streams on the way. We decided that half way there was enough and turned back at the first one.
What an absolutely fabulous beach and 7.5 mile walk.
Two thoughts of the day:
If this is a prime example of the Northumberland Coast – we are going to enjoy the next 5 or 6 weeks.
I had thought that maybe we had been spoilt doing the West Coast first – may be not!
Still quite windy but a bit more sun around today, not a lot but a bit! We wanted to go back to Goswick Sands today, so this time we found somewhere to tuck the car in Cheswick (just a few houses and farms) and walked the 3 miles or so along the lanes and eventually across the dunes to the beach.
This really is a long way from anywhere and there appears to be no formal parking apart from for the Golf Course and the lanes too narrow to allow for verge parking, so I was not surprised to discover that again we had the beach to ourselves.
The sea too is a long way out and we contented ourselves with walking around to where the beach gives way to marshland at Beal Point with views over to Holy Island (just a bit of greenery on the horizon from here).
Poppydog was of course happy to chase balls across this great expanse of sand.
Until it was time for us to head back and complete this 8 mile walk.
A pretty grey day with a chilly breeze blowing but dry – so all is well. I wanted to visit the most northerly beach on the East Coast of England so we parked up on an Industrial Estate on the outskirts of Berwick and after a short walk alongside the A1 heading north we cut across to the Coastal Path. The footpath was somewhat overgrown but we were able to cut across a recently combined field and to be fair the coastal path when we got to it, was also pretty overgrown, so I’m guessing that this is not a popular stretch! Though the path followed the cliff top, it wasn’t that scenic, particularly on such a grey day – grey sky and sea almost blending into one, but there was a great Natural Arch.
After a mile or so of very rough going – my legs getting stung and scratched to bits, we arrived at Marshall Meadows Bay.
What a disappointment – the only access was down a rather dodgy hole and slithering along a slippery tunnel, onlying about 4ft high and coming out on the beach side to another couple of metres drop aided by a rope! That was so not happening and to be honest at high tide it really wasn’t very inviting anyway!
Yes that was the exit route! According to a chap who has a caravan on the site – nobody ventures down there and there is no sand even at low tide – ah well. Now as we are so close we decided to continue on and cross the border (we just can’t stay away!).
As the clouds were breaking up a bit and the coastal path here was easier going we continued on for another mile or so, the cliffs being more spectacular here as we head towards Burnmouth, looking down onto Lamberton Beach.
At this point it is time to make our way back to England!
However we decided to head back on tge footpath along the A1 from Marshall Meadows rather than battle the nettles and brambles again. Not the most pleasant end to an interesting 8 mile walk.
Not such a nice day today, mostly cloudy with a fair breeze but importantly dry. Again we hopped in the car down to Cocklawburn and walked along the coastal path this time just to Cheswick Sands and cut straight over the dunes down to the beach.
This time we are walking to our left back towards Cocklawburn and very soon have the beach to ourselves.
At the far end, the beach becomes scattered with rocky outcrops and rock pools as we come to Cheswick Black Rocks.
Then after clambering over a rocky patch we find our own little playground on Far Skerr.
Here we settle for awhile as we are reasonably sheltered from the wind by the dunes and Poppydog can chase the balls, seabirds, stones and anything else that moves to her hearts content.
When it is time to move on, we return the way we came, having enjoyed a slightly shorter walk of 7.5 miles today.
Two thoughts of the day:
I have discovered a M&S Simply Food store just around the corner from site – we shall eat well this week!
Having purchased a Fitbit on Wednesday, I am getting quite competitive with myself which I guess is a good thing!
A very different day today, blue skies, sunshine and a little coastal breeze. Today we drove to Cocklawburn and parked up (this is the start of the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve) taking a moment to look down onto Cocklawburn Beach….
A very different look today but we didn’t loiter as we have planned a walk along the coastal path from here.
We followed the path which mostly traversed the grassland inland of the dunes, for several miles until we cut back through the dunes at Beachcomber House to this – looking to the right at Goswick Sands….
And to the left at Cheswick Sands….
Wow and we literally can’t see anyone
Needless to say Poppydog was free to run and run..
We walked the good half a mile to the sea and found an ideal log to take a moment or two to just enjoy and absorb the beauty of this place…
Poppydog happy chasing a ball or two wwhich I had fortunately brought with me as there was not a stone in sight.
And make footsteps in the sand…
Soon enough it was time to make our way back, walking along the beach, at one point having to remove my boots and socks to wade across a stream crossing the beach and still not a soul in sight.
At the far end of Cheswick Beach with a last look back…
We clambered through the dunes to rejon the coastal path for the last mile or so as the tide was too high for us to cocontinue along the beach.
What a beautiful 9.5 mile walk and what a find.