Religious Place In Alnmouth, Northumberland
Said to be the location where St Cuthbert agreed to become Bishop of Lindisfarne when petitioned by the king.
Looking out over the estuary in Alnmouth is Church Hill with a cross sitting on top known as St Cuthbert's Cross. Little is known about the cross other than that it was rumoured to be the location where St Cuthbert agreed to become Bishop of Lindisfarne when petitioned by the king.
It looks just a short away, but it's a little trickier to get to than it looks.
At low tide it's possible to take your socks and shoes off and wade across, but if you want to keep yourself dry then you have a 5km (3 mile) walk to it. You would need to head back into the town centre, over the main bridge and then head down the road. A decent jaunt and you may also have some marshy ground to content with too.
However there is an easier way. There is a small grass verge at a junction on the road south of Alnmouth (check out the map below for the exact location), then cross the road onto the cycle path turning left and heading back towards Alnmouth. In around 50m there is a finger post sign pointing back towards the coast and you can simply follow that on a clearly marked track right up to the cross and the walk is approx 1.5km in total.
There is also the ruins of Mortuary Chapel on the west side of the hill too, which you will likely pass on your way to the cross.
Don't forget to have a wander on the beautiful beach too. With it being less accessibile you might just find you are the only one there!
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From the car park, head back towards to the coast then at the junction cross the road to cycle path and turn left. After maybe 50 metres turn right at the fingerpost heading to the coast down a clear road. As the road approaches the dunes, there is a marked track to the left leading to the cross. Approx a 1.5km walk from the car park.
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You could park in Alnmouth or Warkworth, but it's a bit or a trek. There is a little car park for maybe 5 cars on the road towards High Buston, just on the left immediately after the railway bridge. Or at the junction to High Buston, there is a small grass verge where you could try and park.
Contributed by Simon Hawkins
Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.
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A wander from Warkworth to Alnmouth up the coastal path and then a return via the beach visiting St Cuthburts Cross and Mortuary Chapel on Church Hill.