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    • Day33

      Last day of Hadrian's Wall

      October 1, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      As predicted, it did rain all night, and was still rainy this morning so we made the unanimous decision to forego the 17 km walk and take a bus to Wallsend, the final destination and the eastern end of the Wall. And as we had the 50 minute ride on the bus, which wended it’s winding way with many stops, we were so glad of the plan - we went through almost entirely industrial areas which would have been tedious to walk through even on a warm sunny day. The walk for some part would have taken us along the river Tyne, but that would not have made up for it. Even the book said it was acceptable to do it!

      So we arrived at Wallsend, still a little wet and made our way to Segedunum - “where Rome’s great frontier begins”. This is the site of the end of the wall and there is a museum there which we visited, and the site of a Roman fort, which had been covered over and built on over the centuries, but was unearthed when they demolished the old shipbuilders’ houses and we going to build high rise apartments when they discovered the Roman ruins underneath.

      So we ticked the end of our walking ad Hadrian experience, and found the metro nearby, and took it here to Whitley Bay, a seaside resort suburb of Newcastle and very pleasant. Amr and I thought it was a bit reminiscent of Brighton (maybe all English seaside towns) with its row of houses with bay windows and to us rather charming. Many guest houses and we are staying at a lovely B and B, just up from the waterfront. This is the last one organised by the walk people, and have to say that each one has been faultless, and all different with their individual quirks. But all charming, with delightful hosts, and good rooms.

      We arrived earlier than usual check in time, but Paul, our host, was fine with that, our bags had arrived, and our rooms were ready! So all was perfect. Paul had also agreed to do some washing for us, so we have handed him all our muddy smelly walking clothes and will have a clean start for Norway!

      The 4 of us set off to check out Whitley Bay, it had stopped raining by now, and we found a place for a sort of lunch break. Then we had a wander along the waterfront. By now it was sunny (!), though quite cold and very windy. There was a visible wind farm out in the sea...Amr and I continued walking, quite a walk but our dose for today, along down the coast past Cullercoats, Tynemouth and towards North Shields till we came to a ruined abbey and castle and the mouth of the Tyne. Lovely in the sun (it is about 10° I think) and even the wind was invigorating. Just back now, having a quiet time till we all meet for dinner at a recommended Italian restaurant down the road at 7 o’clock.

      From now on our bags are our responsibility....they have always arrived perfectly at our accommodations, but tomorrow we lug them ourselves on the metro to central station where we catch the train to Edinburgh.
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    • Day9


      June 26, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      ..back to Manchester..then York..for rest..and time to reflect..at times like these..best to focus on what was achieved..not what wasnt..I had travelled throughout the pandemic..so to say this had been coming..and long overdue..is fair..our TMB group consisted of British..American..Canadian..Irish..and Lithuanian..a diverse group if ever I saw one…have to be pleased with what I did..and Mont Blanc will be there..when I go back to complete the Tour..which..believe me..I will. I got to around marker 24 on the attached map..more than half…onward and upward☺️Read more


      Maybe the next time u return, we do the TMB together 👊👊👊


      ..well..I have managed half…so..could join you from Refuge Bonatti….onwards☺️.as this is unfinished business...I have already looked..and the rest of this years treks are already booked up..but 2023..why not🙏

    • Day12

      Eine Reise geht zu Ende

      July 11, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Heute haben wir die letzte Etappe von Motherwell nach Newcastle zurück gelegt und sind wieder auf der Fähre angekommen…
      Moppets sind verzurrt, Körper von den 27 Grad, die wir heute in Moppetsachen erleben durften, geduscht..
      und nun genießen wir noch den Ausblick an Deck.. bis es los geht…
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    • Day2

      Von Board runter

      July 1, 2022 in England ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      Nach einer Stunde Wartezeit unter Deck.. konnten wir endlich raus… juhu frische Luft 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
      Aber wie soll es sein.. wir kommen raus und es beginnt zu regnen…🙈
      So nun gehts LINKS Richtung Perth🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿


      … hier regnets aber auch .. 🤷🏼‍♀️


      Hier regnet es auch hinnund wieder❗️😞

    • Day30

      Bye Bye UK

      June 16, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Nach mehr als 1,5 h Grenzkontrolle sind wir nun wieder dort, wo alles begann. Die Fähre fährt gerade los nach Amsterdam. Wir hatten einen tollen Urlaub und freuen uns, irgendwann mal wieder nach Wales zu reisen 😉.Read more

    • Day15

      Back to Amsterdam and Germany

      May 27, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Schön war's... und das es in Schottland immer regnet, ist nur ein Gerücht.
      Wir haben viel Sonnenschein, Castles und Natur pur erlebt, wunderbare Menschen getroffen und sehr viel gesehen.

      Schottland, wir kommen gerne wieder 🍀🍄🍀
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    • Day2


      October 22, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Tynemouth is a coastal town in the county of Tyne and Wear located around 8 miles east of Newcastle, and part of its metropolitan borough of North Tyneside. It is situated on the north side of the mouth of the River Tyne (hence its name) and the headland here has been settled since the Iron Age; the Romans may have occupied it as a signal station and in the 7th century a monastery was built in Tynemouth and later fortified.

      We start at the popular weekend market at Tynemouth as it is located inside the Metro Station; lots of LPs for sale and well worth a visit.  We walk into town passing the King's Priory School; at the top of the High Street on the outskirts of a small park is the Queen Victoria Statue and at the other end is the distinctive clock tower and drinking fountain -  there is a good view of the Promenade and Long Sands Beach from here.

      We are very close to Tynemouth Castle and Priory; the moated castle-towers, gatehouse and keep are combined with the ruins of the Benedictine priory where early kings of Northumbria were buried.  Now managed by English Heritage, it is very beautiful.  We walk towards the Tyne and see the Tynemouth Piers; there are actually two constructions - North and South - that have protected the mouth of the River Tyne from the ravages of the North Sea since Victorian times; before their construction, it was impossible for shipping to leave the river when an easterly gale blew. 

      A little further along is the Collingwood Monument; Lord Collingwood is sometimes referred to as the forgotten hero of Trafalgar as he was second-in-command to Admiral Lord Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar.  He assumed command of the British fleet after the death of Lord Nelson, transferring to HMS Euryalus, and then led the fleet and completed the battle plans that he and Nelson had created together.  The four cannons are from Collingwood's flagship, the HMS Royal Sovereign, during the Battle of Trafalgar. 

      This area is definitely worth a second visit to explore it more thoroughly!
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    • Day3


      September 26, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      I made it to Newcastle as planned. Edmonton-Calgary-London Heathrow-Newcastle. It was 18 hours from when my first flight. I slept more than I thought I would on the transatlantic flight but Leighla the eight year in the seat beside me kept kicking me. She and her mother were off to Oxford to join up with their father who was training on flight simulators for the new Cormorant helicopter. They were otherwise quite charming and had left Comox 10 hours earlier than I had so I could forgive Leighla. By the time I got to Newcastle it was dark. The train trip was easy however walking around in downtown Newcastle to find my hotel using Google maps was a little unnerving. I looked left rather than right once while crossing the road and came close to being hit by a car. I have been more careful since. The hotel is very nice and quiet so I had a good first night.

      During my travels yesterday I noticed that the soles of both my hiking boots were coming detached. There was no way they would last the trip. I found a shoe repair place and headed there first thing this morning. I dropped them off and they were ready by the afternoon. That was a relief as I think it would have been a challenge doing the hike in running shoes.

      My main priority for Newcastle was to visit Segedunum the Roman fort at Wallsend near the mouth of the Tyne river. They had talked alot about it in the online course I had taken. I enjoyed walking around the excavations and the gallery but the less passionate may have not enjoyed as much. Mr toilet paper holder man who is travelling with me got very excited as they had stones from a Roman latrine they had excavated in the museum. It was the highlight for him. He wanted a selfie. What was very odd, if one get over the oddness of travelling with the pathology departments toilet paper holder is that 2 people who saw me take the photo came up and showed me their travel companions. No toilet paper roll covers. They actually suggested that when in London I should go to the Victoria and Albert museum to get a photo with an original Crapper toilet. Mr TPHM is not running the trip. It is about the experience not the Instagram photo.

      We headed off to Tynemouth on the coast afterwards on the recommendation of another seat mate. There are the ruins of a monastery on a point looking out at the ocean. Tynemouth was a pretty village and the monastery and views of the ocean were very beautiful. Well worth the visit.

      After picking up the hiking boots, we headed downtown for a stroll around. We took in the Laing gallery, a pleasant little gallery with some great paintings by artists unknown to me. We then headed down to river to check out the castle, the cathedral and walk back to the hotel along the river.

      Tomorrow we off to Carlisle.
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    • Day19

      Fähre Newcastle - Amsterdam

      September 8, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Nochmal ganz schön Strecke zur Fähre. Wir fahren von West nach Ost über die Insel und genießen ein letztes Mal die Berge und Hügel.
      Nicht allzu früh erreichen wir das Terminal und toppen das nur beim verlassen des Schiffes. Im Stau ganz vorne - uupsi.
      Auf der Fähre viel pseudo Entertainment. Daher verbringen wir die meiste Zeit in der Kabine und freuen uns über "richtiges" Bett und "richtige" Dusche.
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    • Day2

      Whitley Bay

      October 22, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Whitley Bay is a seaside town in the county of Tyne and Wear, located around 10 miles east of Newcastle; it now includes the former village of Monkseaton.  The decline of local coal mining and dependent industries prompted Whitley to develop as a seaside holiday resort and this was aided by the opening of the North Tyne Loop railway line in 1882 and, from 1980 onwards, the development of the present Metro system.

      We walk along the promenade (aka The Links, a former 9-hole golf course) and enjoy a nice view of St Mary's Lighthouse in the distance; we take in the skateboard park, beach and War Memorial before heading back to the Spanish City; originally a permanent seaside fairground, this is now a fancy venue in a historic building with eateries and bar. 

      For refreshment, we visit The Dog and Rabbit Micro Brewery, converted from a women's clothing shop, and then walk to Monkseaton to The Left Luggage Room, a specialist craft beer pub sited the former Parcel and Left Luggage Room at the station there.
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    Borough of North Tyneside, North Tyneside, NTY

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