The Inn Way to Northumberland

June 2015.
Having enjoyed the Inn Way to the Peak District so much last time out, we thought we would try another of Mark Reid's walks.
Officially 94 miles long, we started, and ended, this circuit at Alnmouth on the main east coat line - very handy for us.
The walking was varied, some days more than others, but many of the paths were indistinct - mostly due to lack of use, but occasionally due to less-than-considerate farming techniques ! Weather was fair-to-middling for most of the walk - always windy (sometimes VERY windy !) and usually dull and overcast - but we only had light rain on one day.
Title Day 1 We were met off the train by Charlotte & Paul
... who took our official "Start-of-walk" photo. The tidal River Aln, just outside Alnmouth .. and the road bridge
Colourful houses in Alnmouth View from our lunch spot, Day 1 Onto the beach for the first time ...
Birdy sculpture - just beyond Boulmer A good example of agricultural recycling ! Howdiemont Sands
Footbridge, Howdiemont Sands Approaching Sugar Sands Foot (and cycle !) bridge, Sugar Sands
P1020009 Cullernose Point ? P1020602
P1020014 P1020603 Craster - kipper country !!
Approaching Dunstanburgh Castle P1020021 Saddle Rocks, Dunstanburgh Castle
Looking back to the castle from Embleton beach Day 2 Day 2 - back to the beach ...
... Low Newton By-The-Sea P1020608
Looking back from Newton Point Beadnell Low cliffs, Sunderland Point
Seahouses comes into view shrine ?, Seahouses Harbour Leaving Seahouses - a first view of Bamburgh Cstle
Steve admires the Farne Islands ... which look quite close with a big zoom lens ... Monks House, Bamburgh Beach
A stop for wine (gums !) and a view of the Farne Islands Sun, sea and sand.  Bamburgh Beach. Bamburgh Castle
P1020046 How quaint - croquet by the Castle High Street, Bamburgh
The Mizen Head, Bamburgh.   A 'must do' restaurant if you like seafood. Our room, The Mizen Head Day 3
Day 3.  A quick visit to St Aidan's Church ... ... to see Bamburgh's famous daughter, Grace Darling. Leaving Bamburgh ...
... well and truly behind ... Lovely views ... "Follow the wide grassy track " ...
Waren Burn P1020069 Path through woodland
Lunch stop. Ford and footbridge, Quarry Plantation Wild and windy moorland P1020074
Oh-oh ... a steep climb ahead !!  Beyond Fowberry Tower Descent from Weetwood Moor.  Just checking directions ... Day 4
Millyard House, Wooler - great B&B. Marshy ground just above Wooler ... and the path beyond
RED squirrel country ! Entering the National Park at Skirl Naked Long road walk along the valley of Harthorpe Burn
Harthorpe Burn at Langlee Farm Langlee Crags ahead ... View from grouse butt, up on the moors
Leaving Threestoneburn Wood Monotone "small plantation" , The Dod More wide, open hillside
.. and more ... River Breamish, heading for Ingram Our bedroom, Ingram House
Day 5 Day 5.   Heading back to "The Way" ... Greensidehill Farm - where we left off yesterday
Good job we packed the waterproofs ! River Breamish, Alnhammoor Old sheepfold, just beyond Alnhammoor Farm
"Continue along the clear grassy path ... as it gradually bears away from Shank Burn ... " "... climbing up across the grasy hillside (waymarkers) .." Whoops !  Not lost, 'Exploring' !
Salter's Road ("grassy track" ??) "Follow the path through the forest to quickly emerge out onto a field" "... an indistinct narrow path (waymarkers) across grassy moorland ..."
Day 5 lunch stop ... ... Hogdonlaw Syke P1020118
Open views above Biddlestone Biddlestone Chapel .. and again
Day 6 Day 6.  Leaving Alwinton Looking back
Old lime kilns, Low Alwinton P1020127 P1020642
Typical green lane section River Coquet, Harbottle ... ... and the footbridge over it
Forest clearance, North Wood P1020132 River Coquet is somewhat bigger now ...
Any ideas ?  Answers on a postcard, please ! Panorama of the Coquet valley, near Hepple Whitefield Another footbridge over the Coquet, Thropton
Panorama from Physic Lane above Thropton A final "wine gum" stop ... ... before we finally reach Rothbury
Our room for the night ... ... ... at The Coquetvale Hotel
Day 7 Day 7.  Into the woodland with lots of wild garlic No, Carolyn, it's too early for an overnight stop
No, still too early ... ... despite the excellent facilities ! Waymarker
Road bridge at Pauperhaugh Idylic pastoral views today Much more difficult to get lost today !
Still following the Coquet Quiet woodland section P1020165
... until passing under the A1 St Michael's Church, Felton P1020649
" ... continue diagonally across the field along a clear narrow path ..." Steev making friends Cottages, Guyzance
P1020175 Another "wide grassy track" Finally, on the last stretch of a long day
Nearly there.  The castle comes into view ... Warkworth Castle P1020181
Day 8 Day 8.   Leaving Warkworth The locals are out fishing
Looking back from the bridge P1020188 Returning to the coast
Lots of flora on the coastal path P1020193 Alnmouth in the distance
P1020195 The final approach to Alnmouth