Saturday, 7 January 2012

2 Jan 2012 – Rothbury River Walk

Our first walk of the year was a short circular walk of about four miles from Rothbury along the river Coquet .
We were spending Christmas and New Year at Rothbury with our son and his family.   It’s a very popular walking area, though there was little sign of any other walkers on this cold Monday morning.
The first mile of the walk is along the river, and the path has been much improved in the past year.  It used to be a muddy track, but is now an excellent all weather surface
There may not have been any other walkers, but there was no shortage of nosy sheep
The weather was very mild for Rothbury at this time of year.  There was no sign of the heavy snow of the previous two years.  But mild does not mean warm.   Despite a bright sunny morning, and many layers of warm clothing, it was still bitterly cold
As we cross the river we leave the all weather path behind, and join this well worn path along the side of the field…..

 …..which soon becomes wet and very muddy
We then join a quiet road with beautiful views of the nearby Cheviots
 Then it’s a public footpath across the local golf course
The sunny start to the walk soon gave way to light rain, followed by a lovely rainbow
Leaving the golf course we cross the water meadows…
…and follow the river back to Rothbury
We had been looking forward to a hot drink and bacon buttie in the local tea rooms, but they were closed!
Meanwhile back in Spain the Monday Group had also met for their first walk of the year, and enjoyed somewhat warmer weather than we had.

Monday 9 January
Next Monday Club walk will be Pinos to Bernia.   Meet at the usual parking place, just over the first bridge after passing through Pinos.   Start at the usual time of 10am

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