A truly mesmerising 19 mile walk along St Oswald’s Way following the River Coquet, from the Northumberland Nation Park to the Northumberland Coast Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty
Rothbury to Weldon Bridge (7.5 Miles).
Rotbury has a rich history dating back to the Saxons, and its history can be mapped through medieval time, Tudor and Stuarts and then Georgians, with the Victorian period being noted with Lord Armstrong building the nearby Cragside Country House.
Commencing our walk in Rothbury, opposite The Queens Hotel, we head up Bridge Street over the bridge and up Station Road. Passing Coquetvale Hotel on our right we turn left into the small commercial estate. At the far end of the estate we pick a small grass track (Old Rothbury Railway Cutting), which we follow, through a picturesque cutting (Video 3:20). Continuing along the pathway and come to a very picturesque wooded area. Then follow signs for West Raw. As we are walking St Oswald’s Way the route is pretty well signed, this said, I did refer to my map on many occasions along the route.
Continuing along the route, the tranquillity of the route starts to hit you, it becomes very rewarding for the soul. The route takes us past Thornyhaugh (Video 7:55), Middleheug (Video 9:10) and Brinkheugh (Video 9:30). Following the farm track to the junction bearing left after 200 mtr (Video 10:10) and are then back on tracks with a very picturesque backdrop (Video 10:50)
Weldon Bridge to Felton (4.5 Miles).
Walking over the bridge (Video 11:25) we have The Anglers Arms ahead, if you have the time and inclination, this is a good rest stop. The path continues to the East (Video 12:10) of the Anglers.
This next section offers some great walking across fields and along the River Coquet, the serenity of the walking is something to behold. We need to pass under the A1 truck road (Video 15:50), which brings us back to the day to day speed of life, before we quickly leave this behind us.
Nearing Felton, passing Felton Park on our right, we come to the picturesque church of St Michael and All Angels (Video 16:30) on the outskirts of Felton. Following the road, past the church, dropping down into Felton, continuing over the 15th Century stone bridge crossing the Rover Coquet. The river is never too far away. Once over the bridge we cross the road and pick up the path on the Southern path of the Coquet (Video 18:10)
Felton to Warkworth (7.0 Miles).
Walking along the southern back, once gain exposed to the serenity of the walk, following the river bank for around a mile. Skirting the wooded area ahead of us we pick up the bridle path, with High Park on our left. Following this path, crossing a road on our way, passing under the main east coast rail line on our way (Video 20:10). Coming to Marwick Road, we head left for around 100mts before turning right, and heading East once again. Continuing along the path, across field, then turning left (North) heading towards New Barns, only around 2 miles to go now. Approaching the farm there is a nice view of Seahouses yacht marina and the North Sea on our right (East). Passing the farm (Video 20:46) we have our first view of Warkworth Castle, only a mile to go now.
Warkworth dates back to the 8th century, and the castle is believed to date back to the 12th century. Today Warkworth is noted as a picturesque village with cafes, pubs and nice walking around the castle and river.
On the outskirts of Warkworth, passing through a small housing estate, we cross the road and follow the path down the side of the cricket ground, seeing the Castle at its best. At this point you can drop down to the river walk, well worth a visit, or drop straight into Warkworth itself.
You are now at the end of a truly relaxing and rewarding day out J
Walking Rothbury to Warkworth Along St Oswald’s Way
A truly mesmerising 19 miles walk along St Oswald’s Way following the River Coquet, from the Northumberland Nation Park to the Northumberland Coast Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty
OS Explorer 325 & 332