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Low Chibburn from Druridge Bay.

Introduction

This short circular walk of just under 2 miles follows good footpaths, tracks and road.

It can be done as a stand-alone walk or as part of a longer walk taking in the beach and dunes at Druridge Bay.

The route can be followed in either direction, we followed an anti-clockwise route.

 

Low Chibburn Ruins Druridge Bay

Walk

The walk starts at the parking area which is located where the road from Cresswell to Widdrington Village turns inland from the dunes / links or, if approaching from Widdrington Village where the road turns sharp right at the dunes.

From the parking area take the footpath that leads inland to the waterfall ponds.

The path is signposted but easily missed from the parking area track, but it is just south of the largest of the ponds.

Druridge Bay parking area.
Druridge Bay parking area.
Look carefully for the footpath sign.
Look carefully for the footpath sign.

 

Follow the path which has a wooden plank walkway over boggy parts. Soon you will arrive at the large pond on your right where there are bird watching hides.

Footpath to ponds.
Footpath to ponds.

Wooden walkway for part of the route.
Wooden walkway for part of the route.

Druridge Bay ponds.
Druridge Bay ponds.
Druridge Bay ponds.
Druridge Bay ponds.

 

After passing the ponds the path passes through fields and soon reaches a farm track.

At this point the ruins of Low Chibburn lie straight ahead.

Cross the stiles and the track then follow the path through another field until you arrive at Low Chibburn.

Farm Track
Farm Track
Low Chibburn Ruins seen in the distance.
Low Chibburn Ruins seen in the distance.

 

Cross another stile to enter the ruins. When we visited this area was very overgrown with weeds but should be somewhat clearer in winter months.

There are signboards that describe the interesting history of these ruins which is probably little known.

Low Chibburn had a number of uses ranging from a hospital to a dowager house before it was burnt by French invaders in 1691. The same French invaders pillaged nearby Widdrington Castle which was demolished in the late 1700's. Few people today would know of the existance of a castle at Widdrington.

Low Chibburn Ruins. Low Chibburn Ruins.
Low Chibburn Ruins.
Low Chibburn Ruins.
Low Chibburn Ruins.
Low Chibburn Ruins.

 

From Low Chibburn ruins return along the footpath as far as the farm track and turn right along the track.

View north from path near the ruins.
View north from path near the ruins.
View east at farm track.
View east at farm track.

 

Follow this track until you reach the road, passing to the left of the farm and crossing a stile to the road.

View south along track towards farm.
View south along track towards farm.
Footpath leaves farmland at road via a stile.
Footpath leaves farmland at road via a stile.

 

At the road, turn left and then follow the road back to the Druridge Bay parking area.

The road from Widdrington Village to Druridge Bay.
The road from Widdrington Village to Druridge Bay.
View north from road.
View north from road.

View towards the dunes from road.
View towards the dunes from road.

Almost back at the parking area.
Almost back at the parking area.
Druridge Bay parking area.
Druridge Bay parking area.
View to the dunes.
View to the dunes.

 

Notes

Good walking shoes or boots preferable.

Protect your camera from sand on windy days.

Map - Ordnance Survey Landranger sheet 81, Alnwick, Morpeth and surrounding area.

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