2017-04-13 Dunstan from Seahouses (Peter Bell)

Hips Heugh

Total Distance:-           25.0  Km          (15.5 ml)                                 

Ave Speed:-                4.35 Km/hr      (2.70 mph)       [10.32 – 16.17] 

Max height:-                41 m                (134 ft)                        

Total ascent:-              263 m              (863 ft)


Peter led, 7 in group.  After a long journey compared to other groups, we left the buses in Seahouses at 10.30, starting our walk a couple of minutes later. Past the harbour and with the group deciding against an early coffee stop overlooking the harbour, we proceeded around the caravan site and across the golf course. Fortunately we were not met by flying golf balls.  Heading across to the sand dunes, we then had our coffee stop.  With the tide at its lowest point, we strolled across the hard sand heading for Beadnell.  At least, it would have been a stroll if it hadn’t been for the ladies (one in particular) deciding to attempt a speed walking record.  Joining the road at Beadnell, we headed past the harbour and onto the sand.   The decision to walk north to south was paying off as the views were excellent with the sun glinting on the sea and the outline of Dunstanburgh Castle in the distance.  Arriving at these beaches early when the tide was out meant we could walk on the flat sand well away from the dunes.  Although there was some wind, it was mainly behind us so was not a problem.  One slight problem was the crossing of the Long Nanny.  Once again the girls in the front decided against heading for the dunes and the footbridge (that is, if it even crossed their minds) and plodged thro the flowing water close to the sea where it was more spread out and therefore shallower.  Not shallow enough for Linda who ended up with a soggy foot.  Reaching Snook Point, the plan was to cut across the headland before taking the path around the Newton Point headland.  However, once again, the girls, in racing ahead, took the long route around both headlands.  However, it has to be said that this probably gave more scenic views.  In particular, the view across to Dunstanburgh Castle as we headed into Low Newton was excellent.  Lunch was taken at Low Newton and we were joined by two other groups.  On our way again, and we crossed Embleton Bay with the waves on one side, the dunes on the other and the castle in front.  After passing the castle, a look back through the bright yellow gorse gave us a view of the keep with some dark clouds above – quite a picture!  After a short stop to talk to Peter J’s group we proceeded to Craster where we found Jeff’s group drinking outside the Jolly Fisherman – skivers!!  Continuing south along the cliff tops past Cullernose Point and then Howick Haven, we reckoned we had met nine of the other ten groups.  It was noticeable that the paths along the top of the cliffs have been repaired and are in v good condition.  Reaching the Howick Burn, we turned almost 360 deg and headed north to Sea Houses (note two words, not one).  There, we turned westward to Howick Hall before taking the track leading to Hips Heugh.  Having promised the group 45 min in the pub, I omitted the climb to the trig point and took the direct route through the fields to Craster South Farm.  From here it was an easy walk along the road to the Cottage Inn – an excellent pub, to finish our walk.  It was only then that the group reminded me that the leaving time was 5.30 and not 5.15 as I had mentioned to them when omitting Hips Heugh.  So we had 70 min in the pub – a cunning lot this group.  Anyhow, it was a good walk, in excellent conditions despite clouding over for a short while in the afternoon.

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1 Comment on “2017-04-13 Dunstan from Seahouses (Peter Bell)

  1. You’ve surpassed yourself this week Peter Some dramatic shots and you’ve captured the colour of the gorse so well

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