St Cuthbert Way Day 7, April 22, Saturday
Start Wooler, Rockcliffe B&B
Stop Lindisfarne Inn, Beal
Miles walked: 15.4
From Tower Hill, the location of an ancient 12th century fort and 16th century castle, you can look down on much of Wooler.
We pass a school that was the site of a former POW camp in WW2, where Italian prisoners carved this figure.
Climbing over Weetwood Moor, we go down to Weetwood Bridge, built during the 16th century and restored multiple times.
KK observed that several bridge stones are cut in a curved shape, rather than fitting rectangular blocks into a curve.
Large fields of rapeseed in bloom add bright yellow to the countryside.
We walk along a narrow road that passes next to aeWW2 pill-box defense structure.
A wooden statue of St Cuthbert looks on at walkers.
In the afternoon we come to Cuthbert’s Cave. When vikings came to steal Cuthbert’s remains in the 800s, the body was hidden here, so the story goes.
Graffiti carved into cave sandstone include some old dates, including 1818.
First view of ocean.
An ancient stone wall wall goes for several hundred feet, now forgotten and overgrown.
Past Fenwick and on to Beal, we get to our destination, a modern hotel built to resemble an old inn, that happens to have superb tavern food.