John Gillham

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Lakeland to Lindisfarne Update

The route between Edlingham Castle and Alnwick has know changed - hardback version only

After crossing Edlingham Burn the path climbs out of the woods to Overthwarts Farm. Follow the track through the farmyard and out onto the road, where you turn right, passing Lemmington Woods to meet the B-road. Here you’ll see great retrospective views down the ever-so-green valley, where Edlingham, its castle, its old viaduct, its little church and its scattered farms sit so peacefully beneath rugged outcrops of Corby Crags. The pale blue outlines of the high Cheviots will be yawning across the horizon.

After turning left along the B-road, turn right at the Lamb Hill crossroads ((GR137108). The narrow lane heads east across Alnwick Moor for one mile to a T-junction just short of Hadwin’s Close Farm. Turn left here along the long straight lane before leaving it for a path on the right, signposted to Halfcrown Well and Intake. The complex but well waymarked route heads northeast across fields to the head of a shallow vale, where it climbs a channel though thick gorse to cross the trackbed of an old railway. After threading between more gorse the path comes to high pastureland. To the right Brizelee Hill’s heather slopes rise to a gigantic stone wall that can be seen running down its spine. This is the boundary wall to the Duke of Northumberland’s Hulne Park Estate.

Trace the field-edge (a fence and trees on right), ignoring a stile on the left (GR166117), which marks the start of an unwanted footpath going back to the B-road. A rutted track develops and takes your route ENE to a country lane opposite Intake Farm Turn left down the lane then right along a track that swings left by Swansfield Park Golf Club. This reaches a surfaced lane north of Greensfield Farm. Turn left along the lane but leave it at a sharp right-hand bend for a narrow path that hides behind rhododendron bushes. The path, tightly confined by stone walls climbs along the east side of au unnamed hill. Views of Alnwick flicker through the trees, then the path descends to the outskirts of the town. Turn left on meeting the road, then right at the B-road. It’s now just eight miles to the coast.....

Peter Snape reports a change at Lesbury between Alnwick and the Coast

The footpath between the two cottages along the Longhoughton Road has now been closed and rerouted. You now go along the main street past the post office (as described in the books). Opposite the road signposted to Longhoughton, turn right into a dead-end access road for the houses along it. This leads to a play area and the River Aln. Do not cross the large footbridge over the river, but instead take the smaller wooden footbridge in the left-hand corner of the play area. The footpath now follows the riverbank.