DAY 71: Bamburgh to Haggerston (24.48m)

Me and Dunc set off for a long days walking. But first a stop at the butchers for lamb scotch pies. 

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And then we have a look around St Aidan's Church and Grace Darling's tomb (see previous blog post). 

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And then head to the coast to the dunes around the golf course where we find a massive concrete gun placement. 

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Leaving the dunes we do some road walking to the village of Belford, stopping for the high speed Virgin train. 

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Leaving Belford we have five miles of long, straight quiet country roads to take us to the edge of Fenwick and a turn back to the coast. 

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We have largely managed to avoid the rain with the ominous clouds passing over however we get a big shower just as we join St Cuthbert's Way.

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Down to the coast where the shoreline is flanked by WW2 coastal defences comprised of big concrete blocks.

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Then the walk over to Holy Island/Lindisfarne, something I have been looking forward to for a while. Along the causeway singing - with no rain in sight. It's a beautiful walk. 

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 One of the refuges for drivers who get caught out by the tides. 

One of the refuges for drivers who get caught out by the tides. 

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A quick look around Holy Island, ice cream and some beers for tonight we head back to the mainland.  

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By now we have done nearly 20 miles and are feeling pretty tired. The last five miles along the coast are a bit of a slog. Arriving, wet and slightly broken, at our BnB at nearly 20.00 for a well deserved curry. My longest day walking so far!

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