New trail to help showcase the beauty of seaside village

An Alnmouth trail map is being launched.
An Alnmouth trail map is being launched.

A new trail, highlighting the history and beauty of a seaside village, is being launched next week.

Alnmouth Local History Group, with support from Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum, have compiled the special guide.

The front cover of the leaflet, Alnmouth Trail: The Riverside.

The front cover of the leaflet, Alnmouth Trail: The Riverside.

The colourful pocket-sized leaflet titled Alnmouth Trail: The Riverside, provides a step-by-step description and map for a 1½-kilometre circular walk along the riverside and back again through the village.

It highlights a dozen sites of interest, from medieval salt pans to the Victorian harbourmaster’s office.

The leaflet has been compiled to help extend local schoolchildren’s understanding of their historic environment, who may find it difficult to picture the ancient trading and fishing port that once lay at the mouth of their local river, and to inform and engage recreational visitors.

The trail is being launched at the village’s Hindmarsh Hall on Monday at 7pm.

Adrian Osler, from the history group, said: “Although starting out simply to continue the group’s long-standing link with Hipsburn First School, we soon realised that by producing an attractive trail leaflet it would be possible to extend the benefits of our interpretive work not only to youngsters and their parents who live around Alnmouth, but those who visit from dozens or even hundreds of kilometres away too.

“And this is an aim we have now been able to achieve through the support of the Bailiffgate Museum with its access to dedicated Heritage Lottery funding.”

The trail starts at the village’s war memorial and highlights on the trip include the Ferryman’s Hut Museum and Pease’s Park. The leaflet contains historical information about the village and points along the route.

Jane Mann, trustee at the museum, said: “We know visitors and locals will enjoy using this new trail. It is free and we plan to distribute it to venues in Alnmouth, while copies will also be available from the museum, of course.

“The History Group has done a wonderful job. They know the area and are the best people to highlight the hidden gems of this village.”

Asked whether there will be additional trails compiled, Mr Osler said: “If further funders came forward, a companion leaflet, Alnmouth Trail: The Seaside, would surely be very popular too.”

The Bailiffgate Museum tells the story of Alnwick and district.

The museum has been involved in a number of community projects which aim to connect people with their heritage at a very local level.

For more information, visit bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk or call 01665 605847.