Club Walk No 2, Buston Links & Church Hill, Alnmouth - Tuesday 9th June 2015.

     

The second walk on the Morpeth Camera Club Summer Programme took place on Tuesday 9th June as members
met at Buston Links, near Alnmouth. Aim was to have a circular walk at a location not previously visited as a club.
Leaving the car park we headed south following part of St Oswalds Way and passed what appears to be an abandoned
farm building but is a unique 19th century Guano shed, built at this location to shield the local residents from the
undesirable smell. Crossing the dunes we emerged onto the deserted beach looking east into Alnmouth bay and south
down the coast to Amble.
On a beautiful evening, thirteen members enjoyed the sunshine and blue sky's as we walked north along the beach
towards the mouth of the river Aln. The incoming tide, patterns in the sand, passing wildlife, anti tank concrete blocks
along the shoreline and a coastguard recovery team doing a mock rescue in the river, were all photographed as we
made our way to Church Hill.
Originally the site of the church of St Waleric, the hill was joined to the village of Alnmouth by a low lying neck of land
and the river Aln flowed round its southern end. On Christmas Day 1806 a severe storm and flood caused the river to
break through the neck, forming a new channel to the sea; the old channel silted up and sand dunes developed sealing
off the old estuary.
Climbing to the top of Church hill gave members fine views of Alnmouth Village, estuary and surrounding area and a
chance to photograph Cuthberts cross, a wooden structure that is said to mark the location where St Cuthbert agreed
to become Bishop of Lindisfarne when petitioned by the king.

                           

Moving on the group made their way down the west side of the hill to the Mortuary Chapel, built in 1869 as part of a
plan to reopen Church hill as a cemetery and two gravestones remain on the south east side of the hill. Our route then
took us south across the flood plain and saltmarsh, over the original course of the river and back to our start point to
complete our circular walk.
Perfect weather at this different location made it an enjoyable evening of photography, thank you to those who attended.

Davy.