These last seven days have been accompanied by the East Coast main railway line, the A1 and the Whin Sill. The Whin Sill is an outcrop of the
igneous rock dolorite (very resistant). Today the train and the A1
are speedy means of communication between England and Scotland, but
in former times the Whin Sill was a godsend for those building
castles for protection and domination. Berwick changed hands between
Scotland and England no fewer than fourteen times with the
accompanying bloodshed. Once we were told that the English king order
the slaying of everyone in Berwick! Castle spotting this week has
noted Warkworth, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne. And Berwick.
We did not make it over the causeway to the Holy Island this time –
the tides were wrong – but we saw it from 3 miles afar and it
blessed us on our way.
Aidan is named frequently as the saint of B&Bs, car-parks, laying
fields, leisure centres and suburban streets here. But St Oswald has
his own pilgrims Way as does St Cuthbert, which seems more fitting in
this land of important local saints from the past.
We met living local saints at Beadnell, Seahouses and North Sunderland
who welcomed, fed, prayrd for and even housed us as we passed by –
Bless you John and Hilda for your hospitality – Pauline and Jane for
inviting us to meet your congregations.
An important milestone was passed on our walk this week. We not only
crossed from England to Scotland, but we notched up two thirds of the
mileage. The coast north of Berwick has been spectacular new walking
for us both and the weather (once the border was crossed) has
As the Scottish schools have finished for the summer already and July is moving on, there have been many more tourists to meet as well as local people helping to make their stay a happy one. So this week we say ‘Hello!’ to Elizabeth met in Warkworth, Neil (see his tale) and Norma and Tony (in Craster), Neil and Helen and baby Charlie in Embleton, Tony and Deirdre (from Osbaldwick York!) met at Dunstanburgh castle, Alistair and his family staying at Beadnell caravan park, Harry and Marion on the beach south of Seahouses, Louise selling ice-cream in Seahouses, Clem and Christine doing a coastwalk in Seahouses, Josh and Summer and their mum and dad and also Liz and John on the beach north of Seahouses, Paul met on the road near Waren Mill; plus all the lovely people we met at the Friday BBQ at Seahouses Methodist especially Alan and Sophie and those at St Ebba’s and St Paul’s especially Ruby and Denize. Hello to John in Berwick, Keith and Margaret in Berwick, to Joycelyne and David met on the Scottish border, to Sue and Ian who walked with us to Eyemouth, to Bruce met near Barns Ness lighthouse and Jo in the John Muir Centre in Dunbar.
Week 15 Statistics
Scrabble: Nancy 1 John 3
Trig Points 0
Kissing Gates 51
En route donations £424.71 (Includes generous donations from Seahouses Methodist church, St Ebba’s Beadnell and St Paul’s church North Sunderland)
Mileage 83 miles
Craster kippers 2 pieces
Berwick cockles 100 g (local variety of humbugs!)