Monday 21 October 2013--The plan today is to walk north the three and a half miles to Bamburgh, catch the X18 south to the Newtons to
get the pint I missed the other day at the Ship, and walk the five miles or so from there back to Seahouses. I would then have covered the
full length of the coast from Alnmouth to Bamburgh, a distance of eighteen or twenty miles. There is a speed bump first thing this morning,
however, when I look out the window at breakfast and see that my car has a flat tire. I spend some time on the phone with the rental
agency, and wait for the AA man to show up and take care of it.
So I'm off a bit late. The stretch of beach leading to Bamburgh is popular, even on a gray Monday.
In Bamburgh, I check the bus schedule. The 1:50 would be perfect, but it does not appear to stop at High Newton. I don't know why that would be. I call the information number posted at the bus stop, which does not link to the operating company, but to someone whose job it is to read every bus schedule in the UK. She can't tell me anything I can't read on the schedule myself. When the call is dropped, I give up, and decide to have lunch at the Castle Hotel. I could still take the 2:50 down to Newton, but I probably wouldn't have time for a pint there. Decide I'll just walk back to Seahouses after lunch. But lunch and accompanying pint sap my will. Catch the bus back to Seahouses instead.
Dinner at the Bamburgh Castle Inn (again), and pints at the Olde Ship (again). I need to find some variety here. Have I had enough of Seahouses? I don't think so. I don't know why it draws me, really, but it does. Anyway, there's still the stretch of coast from Amble to Alnmouth to walk. And maybe next year I'll get that pint at the Ship in Low Newton.