Primrose Woods and Physic Lane. (Northumberland)
An extra gadgie walk on a slightly warmer day than last Friday. Temperature could reach as high as 16C the weatherman said.
Four of us; Brian, Margaret, Dave and I are setting off for another well walked path starting in Rothbury.
Rothbury is a small town in Northumberland, reached via the A1 north, the A697 at Morpeth and the road to Rothbury at Weldon Bridge. Once in town turn left onto Bridge Street, turn right once over the river and turn into the free car park.
Rothbury is on the edge of two maps. If you are going north of the town use OS Explorer 332 Alnwick and Amble but going south requires OS OL 42 Kielder Water and Forest. And on a circular tour take both, or copy and laminate.
We had breakfast at the Running Fox in Longframlington.
Cross the River Coquet by the footbridge and walk up Bridge Street to High Street. Cross the road and find the Nick, a narrow footpath that climbs up and up and up quite steeply to a road. Easy to find the nick is next to a pub called the Narrow Nick which unfortunately is closed at the moment. The nick comes to a road, turn left then right again as the Nick climbs up and up and up to Hillside Road. Cross the road and climb up and up until the path comes out onto moorland. Follow the path which is a little east of north until it comes out onto a forest track in Primrose Woods.
Exactly what it says.
Follow the track to a junction and turn left, heading north west. Watch out for a marker on the left and follow, as we did at Dave's suggestion to be different, a footpath that meanders, his words, through the heather, which has sadly lost its colour. The meander takes you west then south before it meets an easy going grassy track.
Watch out for a large gate on the right, festooned with markers.
It takes the walker down a lovely grass track leading to Physic Lane.
The great Tosson Lime Kiln from inside and outside with an information board too.