Posted: Sunday 29 July 2018
North East Associates
- Tuesday 24th July –
Sixteen walkers left Rothbury, which is an ancient town in central Northumberland dating back to the 12th century. In 1201 King John signed the Town Charter and visited here in 1205.
Rothbury lies on the banks of the beautiful River Coquet which flows into the North Sea at Amble, twelve miles to the east. The Coquet Valley is also the southern entrance to the Cheviot Hills.
We climbed steadily west, to the area called Pondicherry which some people say has a connection with the Indian ex-French colonial settlement in the territory of ‘Punducherry’, this close to the Bay of Bengal.
From there we crossed the well-known 'Physic Lane', named from the exertion needed of going up - thank goodness we weren't – and dropped down to cross a footbridge over the Wreigh Burn at the small village of Thropton.
We then continued south, crossing the River Coquet and onto the Carterside Road, where a well-earned rest was taken as the temperature was now at 24 degrees.
Making our way east over Ladies Bridge and following closely to the river we headed back to Rothbury.
On this very hot and humid day this was a pleasant walk, following which seventeen of us then dined at the excellent Newcastle House pub.
Thanks to our back-up team of Colin & Lesley Harris who met us at various points on the walk with their car.
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