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    • Day 4

      2. Tag Hadrians Walk

      June 2, 2023 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      10.00 Uhr Start bei Sonnenschein dem Tyne nach. Die ersten 20km Weg waren geteert, was eher mühsam war. Auf dem Hadrians Walk sind viele Leute unterwegs, es scheint, ein beliebter Fernwanderweg zu sein.
      Die Engländer klagen schon über die herrschende Hitze und kleiden sich wie im Hochsommer und wir benötigen Jacken!
      Unsere heutige Unterkunft ist völlig in den "Pampas" -Nachtessen nur mit Taxi erreichbar- und ist ein B&B wie in den 1980er Jahren....
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    • Day 32

      A lovely sunny walk

      September 30, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      It was a lovely sunny day, and Amr’s birthday!! We had a 17 km walk to Newburn. Carole and John were feeling the wear and tear from walking in the mud and uneven surfaces so they opted to take a bus to Heddon-on-the-Wall which was the first 10 kms, and we all met up there and walked the last 7 together to Newburn, which is a small town but on the outskirts of Newcastle- only 11 miles away - and right on the river Tyne. This was a happy arrangement as it was good for us all. We are staying at a lovely stone pub sort of place, not in the town but in a lovely park like area near the river.

      So this morning Amr and I set, after a sustaining breakfast of a feta and mushroom omelette (plus fruit and yogurt) off along paths, not quite as muddy as before, beside this very straight Military road, built on top of the Wall. Occasionally we were routed round farms, but it was quite beautiful, and mostly grain growing fields now, with stubble or ploughed ground. We got to Heddon-on-the-Wall by about 12.30, had a drink at the pub there, a sweet little town on a hill, then resumed with Carole and John, our path leading us down and down to the river, through very pretty woods. Much more civilised now, mainly on paths, no pastures, and virtually no mud!

      We got to Newburn and found our instructions to find our lodgings not very clear...luckily ran into an Australian couple from Brisbane who were walking in the other direction, but were staying in the same place, so we followed the instructions they had, which retraced a bit of where we’d walked and found this great place. All cleaned up, and I have ceremoniously cleaned and packed up my sticks as tomorrow will be more or less city walking into Newcastle and Wallsend, the end of the Wall!! We are actually staying tomorrow at a place on the coast - Whitley Bay just to see the other side of England!! But we get a metro from Wallsend to there!! Lots of fun, and only one more day of walking.

      Now about to have dinner here - a birthday celebration!
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    • Day 109

      Whimsical Wylam

      September 24, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      After a very gusty night, the clouds were no where in sight come morning. The bright start to the day left us excited for the adventures ahead. However, after a quick weather forecast check realized it was temporary, so decided to walk around Wylam and enjoy the local trails before the monsoon afternoon.

      Once caffeinated and fed, walked through the garden and down the street to the local "Maker's Market". They had a nice little setup out in the courtyard, and more booths inside. We carried on along the Tyne River till we reached the footpath around the golf course.

      DM was mentally savoring a bacon Bunty, so stopped in at the Close House Golf Course clubhouse. Unfortunately they don't do dropins on Sunday, so settled for just drinks. The sky was definitely getting darker and more menacing.

      Our short walk was 7km long. As we neared the house, we could feel the odd rain drop. Once back at the house DM and HM settled into watching soccer while AM started to get dinner prepared. J&A's contribution was picking apples and making an apple blackberry crisp, as well as assisting with dinner preparation.

      Supper consisted of a delicious beef and venison stew with Yorkshire pudding and garden fresh corn and beans!
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    • Day 94

      Heading to Edinburgh ii

      July 18, 2016 in England ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Photo of land around Hadrians Wall. We actually drive over where the wall was. This is a world Heritage site . Northumberland is largest national park in UK. Very like Scottish Highlands. Stopping at Melrose. Lots of stone dry walls.

      Perry's or Duke of Northumberland main family. British army does training in this area. Otterborn Camp. Next step Carterbaub move into Cheviot hills and cheviot sheep.

      At the border! Dad would have loved being piped into Scotland.
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    • Day 6

      Heddon on the Wall

      August 24, 2015 in England ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

      At 2:00 pm. We just left the lovely village of Heddon, where we saw a piece of Hadrian’s wall, and had a good lunch at a pub called the Swan at Heddon. Glenda had fish and chips and I had soup and sandwich with Newcastle Brown Ale. The view from the back yard of the pub is sensational. One can see for miles. A church across the street was founded in 640 AD. Now we will drive through Northumbria National Park.
      At 3:10 pm we stopped briefly at the Scottish Border for photos.
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    • Day 123


      August 29, 2016 in England ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Nach einer ausgiebig zerfeierten Nacht machen wir uns nun auf, zu unserem nächsten Ziel, dem Hadrianswall. Erbaut von den Römern, sollte er die Grenze zu den Barbaren (Schotten) sichern. Heute ist dort nicht mehr viel vom ursprünglichen Wall übrig, dafür aber atemberaubende Landschaften und viele Schafe!
20km folgten wir dem Wall, zurück fuhren wir per Anhalter.
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    • Day 6

      Hadrian's Barn

      August 4, 2016 in England ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      This is where we sleep in Heddon on the Wall. Our little toes are mostly blister but there's only one day to go! The route here was quite easy terrain - after the hill at Chollerford - through mostly agricultural land and some small villages.Read more

    • Day 2

      Day 2 - HADRIANS WALL

      August 3, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      The one with sunshine, entertaining teachers and a trail angel.

      📌 Location: Heddon on The Wall to Cholllerford
      🥾 Distance: 16.5 miles
      ☀️ Weather: Perfect walking weather. Cool breeze, no rain and even a sprinkling of sunshine!
      ⛑️ Health: All good. One blister on the group. Tired but happy customers.
      🏨 Hotel: Our lovely host, Paula was just delightful. She made us all breakfast and chatted and looked after us like a mother hen. I slept like a log and the beds were super comfy and everywhere was spotless. I couldn’t recommend Houghton North Farm enough (group bookings only).

      We saw the weather and sighed. Thunderstorms, heavy winds and simply miserable…. But, they were wrong! It turned out o be perfect hiking weather. We’ve had such a good day with lots of stops and laughs. A long day but so worth it!


      🍌 8 o’clock - We start the day with an awesome breakfast of fruit, cereal, fresh coffee and egg & bacon baps. We had the place to ourselves and it was a real home from home.

      📸 8:30 am - Walkers briefing and we’re off. First stop is a slice of the wall in Heddon. Obligatory photos taken and then our walk for the day commences.

      🤕 9:29 am - We meet Debby& Anne again from yesterday and Debby has terrible blisters. Lou to the rescue with blister treatment. Debby also has issues with her hips. I can instantly see that her pack is way too heavy and from experience I know that she is going to struggle unless she can lower her pack weight. Her friend Anne, just raises her eyebrows and moans about how slow Debby is. Um… I wonder how long they have known each other?

      ☀️ 9:39 am - The sun is shining!! It’s gorgeous out here and that’s all thanks to Viv because she got dive bombed by a seagull yesterday that popped all over her!! There was enough seagull poop to warrant luck on the trail for at least four days! Thanks for taking one for the team Viv!

      ☕️ 11.30am - We are seven miles in and we reach Robin Hood Pub. Here we all stop for a cuppa, collect a stamp in our passports and make the most of the facilities. We were well looked after by the owners who delivered hot drinks in record time.

      📷 1321 pm - We are approaching a rather special section of the trail which I know has amazing views. I explain to the group of five ladies that we need to take some photos here as it’s stunning. Lynne turns to Viv and whispered (although I could hear her) the letters “SMP”. Viv looked confused and said “what?”. Lynne nudged her “you know… SMP!”. There was some sort of secret code going on so I left them discussing SMP as we reached a high point on the trail. Lynne then looked at me and said “Ju, we need an SMP!”. I was none the wiser until she explained that an SMP was a Standard Mountain Pose. Ah! So they all posed for pointy view point photos which was great. I’m sure we will have many more SMP moments on this trip!

      🥪 13:50 - Yey! 11.4 miles in and we have reached the Errington Arms (an old pub which is now a very nice cafe). It’s very busy but all 10 of us are here for a well deserved break. Food and drinks are ordered. I’m sitting outside and for the first time ever I discover I have hikers rash. It’s not itchy but it doesn’t look pretty. I remove my waterproof socks and let my feet air. Hopefully this will help.

      ⛑️ We wave to Debby & Ann (the people we saw this morning). Ann is marching ahead and Debby is limping like a wounded soldier. They didn’t stop for a break. They also didn’t stop at Robin Hoods Inn either. I hope they are taking breaks elsewhere in the trail.

      💬 There is a fair amount of road walking today but there is also some stunning scenery, forest trails and slices of the wall to keep us occupied. Not to forget the humorous and riveting conversations that us ladies have!

      👩‍⚕️ 16.25 - After numerous fields and stiles to cross (ladder stiles are fun!), we reach a big slice of Hadrians Wall. Here we say hi to a bunch of teachers from all over the world. The history teacher takes one look at Rachaels shorts and asks if she was a football player! She says “no, try again”. He then looks at her calf length compression socks that have hearts and other medical symbols on them and he says “I know! You are all nurses”. Ironically, Rachael is actually a teacher as well which made everyone laugh. We take a photo together and then carry on our merry way.

      A group of four (Andrea, Rachael, Viv & Lynne) take the road to walk to Wall in the search of Roman penis’s that have been carved into the wall. Needless to say they couldn’t find them! 😂

      🏨 16.35 - We made it to The George Hotel. It’s a rather tired looking hotel, but it does have a spa and a swimming pool!

      👼 5.10pm - In walk Debby and Ann. They both look very fed up. Debby can hardly walk. They had missed their bus to Hexham and the next bus is not until 7.50pm! They have accommodation in Hexham so they need to be there tonight but Debby is not capable of walking another 5 miles today. As Debby and I chat in reception, Ann goes into the bar to order something alcoholic. “We’ve not had one break all day.” She says, looking extremely upset. A kind lady who worked at the hotel overheard our conversation and said “I can take you both to Hexham, can you be ready in 10 mins?”. Debby looked so happy. “Are you for real?” She asked. “ I’ve just finished my shift and I live that way” she replied “it’s not a problem”. How cool is that? There are more good people in this world than bad!!

      🍕 Tonight we are all doing our own thing. So I’m currently chilled out in my room after having a long soak in the bath. I’m eating hot pizza and enjoying a glass of wine with a good book… after writing up this blog!

      Thanks for listening to my rambles.

      See you all tomorrow.
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