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Northumberland - St Oswald's Way: Warkworth

Ramblings, Series 13 Episode 4 of 6

23 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 10 October 2009

Clare Balding walks the length of St Oswald's Way in Northumberland.

On the fourth leg of the route, Jon Monks explains to Clare why he believes St Oswald's Way is the thinking man's walking route.

St Oswald's Way is a 97-mile route, running from Holy Island in the north, along the stunning Northumberland coast before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall. The path links some of the places associated with St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early-seventh century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.

  • Jon Monks and Clare Balding

    The fourth leg of the journey, according to the guide, is from Warkworth to Rothbury. For the purposes of the programme we walked from Weldon Bridge to Jon's home town, Rothbury, about eight miles.
    Walk in Brief: Soft rolling landscape, some stiles. The route crosses the Devil's Causeway - a major Roman road that runs south- west across Northumberland. Past the site of Brinkburn Priory along by the side of the river Coquet. There are views to the left of Cragside Country Park and the former railway line provides a wide pathway into Rothbury.
    The vexed question of whether Rothbury is a town or a village is raised in this programme and will be aired again next week!

    St Oswalds Way
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