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Low Chibburn from Druridge Bay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Low Chibburn ruins return along the footpath as far as the farm track and turn right along the track.
Follow this track until you reach the road, passing to the left of the farm and crossing a stile to the road.
At the road, turn left and then follow the road back to the Druridge Bay parking area.
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