Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Friends autumn walk

Friends autumn walk

Twenty friends completed the autumn walk in October from Beal, on the Holy Island Causeway to Berwick. 

As the group set off along the Northumberland Coastal Path (part of the AONB) a flock of birds were in chevron formation as the walkers headed towards the beach via the sluicegate and footbridge. Passing the WWII anti-tank blocks, the group made it onto Cheswick Sands just as the tide was receding.

A few of the group found a safe way around the headland at Cheswick Black Rocks whilst the rest chose the higher clifftop path before stopping for lunch.

A rain shower didn't dampen the group's spirits as they continued along the clifftops, sighting the harbour bar and lighthouse at the mouth of the Tweed, with the bridges of Berwick prominent in the distance.

The group travelled on, walking to Spittal Promenade seafront where a dolphin could be seen frolicking in the shallow waters of the estuary. 

Once in Berwick, some of the group went for refreshments whilst the others walked the fascinating Elizabethan town walls, the only example of bastioned town walls in Britain. They also visited the 1717 purpose built Berwick Barracks which now houses three museum and Holy Trinity Church which uses stones from Berwick Castle.

It was a wonderful trip and thanks must go to all who were involved in the organisation of the walk.

Dates for the diary:
Monday 11th December - Friends Xmas pizza night.
March 2018 (either Saturday 17th or 24th): Spring walk.

For more information on the friends events, including the walks, please contact Duncan Stephen.