Northumberland has a plethora of walks, hikes and trails to explore. This one is a new one for me, it’s a fairly short but moderate walk. We did 6 miles taking in the wonderful views of the moors and the picturesque ruins of Blawearie. Parking along the grassy verge we headed onto the footpath and took the first left, you’ll see a stone marked with CH. This is the sign that you are almost at the dark cave entrance. If you like a little exploring then it’s worth checking this out.
A little something about Cateran Hole, information taken from trusty Wikipedia.
Cateran Hole is a circa 35m length cave set in the Gritstone of Cateran Hill in Northumberland. It lies about 4 miles due north of Eglingham, and can be reached by lining up the tall mast behind the farm with the left-hand end of the wood to the side of the Quarry House farm (to the north of the cave), then walking on this bearing.
A shallow crater with cut steps lead down into an easy rift passage which ultimately chokes. After the initial steepness of the steps, the passage is roomy with a slight downward tilt, running between two large planes of Gritstone which close in above. After about 30m a block, protruding downwards from the ceiling, reduces the route to a crawl into a small chamber which is choked by large blocks ahead. This crawl is sandy and often completely dry, although in very wet weather it occasionally sumps. The main fault, however, continues, and it is likely that this cave could be extended by concerted digging (a dangerous activity), although it is difficult to see why this would be done in Gritstone, where there is unlikely to be found any significant lateral development.
Cateran Hole is reputed to have been a smugglers’ hiding place, although locals claim that it once linked nearby Chillingham Castle with Hepburn. The latter seems an unlikely conclusion as it tends in the direction of neither, while the carved stone steps favour the former.
I’m not very good myself with dark and dingy spaces but I persevered to take some photos, thankfully it was a little wet towards the end of the crawl space so I didn’t have to face that fear!
After a couple of miles of walking, we decided to stop for a short lunch break at the ruins, incredible views and at this time of the year the rhododendron’s looked fabulous. I also loved the swings hanging from the old and imposing tree. Photographers will love the window view of the landscape from within the ruins.
Before you get to this walking trail, there is also a mini Thrunton Woods you could explore. It’s called Hepburn Woods. I’ll certainly be going back to explore as there are so many walks in the area to do for all fitness levels.
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Access: From Alnwick take the B6346 to Edlingham, then continue straight on until reaching Old Bewick. Park considerately on the grassy triangle or the road verge beside the farm.
SatNav: NE66 4DZ
From Felmoor Holiday Park we are approximately a 30 minute drive to Bewick.
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The sun was out, the forecast was looking good and it was time to get my hiking boots on and prepare for my Hadrians Walk Challenge in June. I’ve been training at Simonside for the past couple of months but needed a long distance walk. I chose my favourite walk, Craster to Amble. It’s a total of 15.5 miles, not for the faint hearted.
Rollo was my walking buddy this time as Woody is a little too old now for the long distant walks. We set off from Craster car park at around 9:45am. It was slightly chilly to start off with but after a mile I’d sufficiently warmed up and the jacket was off.
We took in the sights of Howick Bathing House overlooking the sea, what stunning views. Further along there is a cove area, where we watched a family playing catch and enjoying the warmer and most certainly milder temps. Great place for a BBQ.
Over the bridge and upwards as we hiked up towards Boulmer, a lovely place for a pit stop at the Fishing Boat Inn, but please note it’s not dog friendly. There is seating at the back of the pub which overlooks the sea. We didn’t stop this time, we carried on, eager to get to Alnmouth Beach. We walked through the countryside, taking us away from the sea briefly and through a small caravan park with caravans just next to the dunes. We were rewarded by this entrance to the beach. Absolutely gorgeous.
A long stretch of beach, where you will find lots of dogs enjoying the sea and playing catch – not so many that it becomes over crowded. You see plenty of families enjoying rock pooling too and maybe a few paddle boards.
With Alnmouth in our sights, I was feeling slightly tired from not stopping, so I was really looking forward to a pint at the Red Lion and Rollo was looking forward to a drink of water and a chance to have a rest. The sun was beaming and needless to say I was looking a little flushed. This was our half way mark and I was going to walk back but I got a call from my mam and she said she was going to Amble for lunch so thought I’d join her. I just needed to keep the pace up.
After a 20 minute rest, we headed out of Alnmouth and on towards Warkworth. This is a flat walk, never seems to end, I think it’s around 4 miles of walking along a footpath/cycle path. Follow the road along and take a little detour so your not walking on the road as you are just about to enter the very picturesque Warkworth. We stopped to take some images of the Castle and River Coquet.
Again, we didn’t stop for a pit stop as much as we wanted too, I needed to get to Amble for 3:30pm and I had another 3 miles to walk. So pushing on we were soon rewarded by the glorious sights of Amble. Never been so happy! After lunch we drove back to pick the car up and then headed straight back to Stag Lodge for a well deserved glass of wine and a hot tub.
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