The full Inn Way is normally completed in 6 stages, but my friends and I prefer to stick to a 3 or 4 day schedule. So this necessitated a ‘short cut’ somewhere along the route. This would be Day 2, where we would make our own way from Seahouses to Wooler – perhaps a distance of around 15 to 16 miles. There were 2 or 3 options and we chose to take the most southerly route marked on the map (pic 19), which involved a short section of road before crossing the main east coast railway line.
Pete was looking forward to repeating his telephone chat with the Control office, as he had when we did the Northumberland Coast path a few years ago. Then, he had said it would take us “just a jiffy” to cross the busy line. However, despite the Ordnance Survey map showing a public right of way, the crossing was no longer there. We could clearly see where it had been, by the posts which had held the phones and the severed wires, but our way was well and truly blocked.
We returned to the road and after another mile or so, we set off along a path to Warenford. It was so overgrown with weeds, nettles and long grass that we were soon wet through from foot to thigh after all the rain the previous day. So it was with great relief we emerged in Warenford and stopped for a refreshing cuppa at the White Swan Inn. (None of us were in any mood for beer at that point). A rethink was also required and from there we pretty much avoided any paths which might be ‘wet’ (i.e. the one over Chatton Moor) and a lot of road was used to get to Wooler.
The boys speculated that it would be difficult to produce a blog from the meagre, grey views on offer, but I’ve now discovered that one of the key skills of a photographer is in actually finding things to photograph… I hope I’ve done this leg justice, with a little help from my mate, Pete (pic 15).
Footnote: If you ever find yourself in or near Seahouses, you MUST go in the Olde Ship, which is just above the harbour, it’s a real gem. Apart from some excellent beer, the bar is full (and I mean full) of seafaring artifacts and memorabilia.