Summer Walk No 1, Village of Felton - Tuesday 7th June 2016.

The Morpeth Camera Club summer programme started on Tuesday 7th June 2016 with a visit to the Northumberland village
of Felton. Not previously visited by the club, the aim of the evening was to have a walk around the area and to photograph
the 11th century Church of St Michael & All Angels.
Members met on " The Peth " and made our way down to the centre of the village where two bridges span the River Coquet.
One, a beautiful old 15th century stone structure that is now pedestrianised, contrasting with the stark metal and reinforced
concrete of the new bridge, built in 1927.
Crossing the river we passed an old red telephone box that has been converted to an information point and walked west down Riverside to the War Memorial. Here a celtic cross honors the fallen from both WW1 and WW2. A path down to the waters edge
gave fine views of the bridges and the beauty of the Coquet and its banks, lined with trees and shrubbery before moving on as
we made the steep climb up Church Bank to the parish church of St Michael & All Angels.
The church is of unusual appearance with many additions and alterations, with a double bellcote at the west end of the nave.
The rose window and stained glass windows were photographed as members explored all aspects of the Grade 1 listed building
and its contents. A walk around the churchyard gave an insight into the local families and history of the area and the slightly overgrown grounds just added to the feel of calm and reverence.
Leaving the church the group completed a shortened version of the Felton Fence walk to the west of the village, taking us
across open pasture and through the woodland of Felton Park, passing St Mary's Church built in 1857, but recently converted
into a private dwelling. Refreshments were then taken at the Northumberland Arms to round off the first walk. Thank you to
the Reverend James Harvey who authorised access to the church for photography, and to those members who attended making
this a successful evening.
                                    Davy Bolam.