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St. Cuthbert's Cave
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Route No 135e - Wednesday 20 April 2005
Wooler to Fenwick - 19km.
St. Cuthbert's Way
Northumberland

Map: OS Explorer 340 Holy Island & Bamburgh at 1:25000
Note: the route is marked on the OS maps and is well signposted

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Wooler from Weetwood Bank
Wooler from Weetwood Bank
After our usual hearty breakfast we left Wooler, again before 9.00am and climbed Weetwood Bank onto Weetwood Moor. There was a good view back to the Cheviots and over the valleys of Wooler Water and the River Till, both of which had overflowed into the fields. We dropped down the end of the moor to Weetwood Bridge. The bridge was undergoing major repairs and was closed to traffic, but fortunately was still open to pedestrians. We crossed the bridge and made our way along the road to West and East Horton and then across the fields to Hetton Burn where we stopped for a break. The whole route today was over a series of low hills, lots of up and down and not the gentle saunter across the coastal plain that I was expecting. Yes - I know "Read the ******* map".
The farm land here seems very productive, supporting cattle rearing on a grand scale and huge fields of crops, particularly potatoes. From Hetton Burn we crossed the main road and continued towards St. Cuthbert's Cave where we stopped for a while in the sunshine with our backs against a warm rock - very pleasant. We continued down through the woodland over a series of hills until at last we came to a narrow lane which led us down into Fenwick. We found our B&B more easily than the address suggested. All the addresses in the village are just a number then Fenwick. When we arrived at about 3.00pm there was no-one in at our B&B, just a note saying they would be back at 4.30pm.
Weetwood Bridge under repair
Weetwood Bridge under repair
Large braket fungus on a dead tree
Large braket fungus on a dead tree
There is nowhere to eat in Fenwick so the owner of the B&B has an arrangement to drive walkers to a pub on the A1 and pick them up later for a small charge. The arrangement worked well and we had a satisfying meal before another early night.
Fortunately it was a lovely warm sunny afternoon, so we sat in the garden chairs and nibbled our crisps and chocolate and read the paper and I even cleaned our boots with plenty of polish to repel the salt water on the tidal causeway tomorrow.
War-time relic - a pillbox
Wartime relic - a pillbox
Newly planted potato field
Newly planted potato field
The implement that makes the deep furrows for the rows of potatoes
The implement that makes the deep furrows for the rows of potatoes
Hetton Burn where we stopped for a break
Hetton Burn where we stopped for a break
St. Cuthbert's Cave
St. Cuthbert's Cave
Animal sculpture at St. Cuthbert's Cave
Animal sculpture at St. Cuthbert's Cave
Animal sculpture at St. Cuthbert's Cave
Animal sculpture at St. Cuthbert's Cave
St. Cuthbert's Cave
St. Cuthbert's Cave
Peacock butterfly that posed for us by the path
Peacock butterfly that posed for us by the path
Beehives in the hedge bottom ready to work on the spring blossom
Beehives in the hedge bottom ready to work on the spring blossom
The lane to Fenwick with the sea beyond
The lane to Fenwick with the sea beyond

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