Summer Walk Report No 3, Rothbury Riverside - Tuesday 17th June 2014.

Walk Number Three on the Camera Club Summer Programme took place on Tuesday 17th June 2014. Thirteen
members & one guest gathered in the Cowhaugh car park on the south side of the River Coquet for our walk in
and around the Northumberland town of Rothbury.
The weather was cloudy, warm and dry as we first crossed the river via the metal footbridge and made our way
in an easterly direction along the north bank footpath to the Rothbury Bridge. This stone bridge is the main river
crossing for the town, with parts of the four arches of the structure dating back to 1460. Looking west from the
bridge there were fine views of the riverside houses and up the Coquet valley towards Simonside.
Our route then took us east up Station Road, then down past the mart to again cross the river, this time members
having to negotiate the stepping stones, whilst other members waited to record someone taking an early bath,
but all crossed safely.
A gentle stroll along the lovers walk footpath then took us one mile east of Rothbury to Thrum Mill. Complete with
mill stones, mill race and 5ft diameter wood & metal water wheel, Thrum Mill was featured in the most popular
episode of the recent Channel 4 series " Restoration Man ". This programme chronicled its five year transformation
from an abandoned ruin to a stunning private dwelling.
At this point the Coquet also flows through a series of boulders, gullys and rock formations and members looked to
capture the shapes and movement of the water.
Retracing our steps we headed back into Rothbury its self, walking up the wide main street and to the Armstrong
Cross, a monument to Lord William Armstrong who lived at nearby Cragside. Floral displays, architectural details on
surrounding buildings and All Saints Church were all photographed before the group enjoyed a refreshing drink
outside the Newcastle hotel.
As the light faded we returned to our starting point to complete our visit to an interesting country location.

                                   
                                   

                                                                                                                                                      Davy Bolam.