A beautiful day and so we parked up at Low Hauxley nature reserve to start our day out.
Here there are some fossilised trees from its coal mining past. We visited some of the hides and there were a few of the more unusual waders heading south after breeding, such as Common Sandpiper, Greenshank and Black Tailed Godwit. Low Hauxley is a great nature reserve with free parking and a friendly warden that will tell you the species to look for that day as well as other flora and fauna. It also links to the Chevington reed beds and Druridge Bay Country park.
Now we left the reserve and pushed south along the coast and to the massed reed beds, silent now, as the Reed and Sedge warblers have stopped singing and are heading south soon. Our next target was the Old ruins of Low Chibburn.
This was a chapel and farm owned by the Knights Hospitallers and dating back to 1313. The farm was extended at a later date. Here are some pictures – firstly the shields above the chapel door
The fireplace in the farm
Here are some more pictures
During World War Two this area was well defended and the ruins were used as a machine gun emplacement, pictured below.
Now it was time to leave this interesting site and head back a different way through the dunes and along the beach.
On the Ragwort there were some Cinnabar moth caterpillars. They have had a bad time of it in this wet spring and summer. They are truly magnificent though!
Now we were heading onto the beach and the views were spectacular.
There were some people on the beach, mostly near where you can park cars, but if you walked further there were still deserted stretches even on this sunny day in the school holiday.
On our way back we were reminded of the fears of invasions past, with lines of Tank Blocks along the golden sands.
This was an 8 mile walk and easy going with lots and lots to see! Summer or winter it never ceases to impress.