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  • Day30

    A wonderful day, the best yet!

    September 28, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Today was fabulous! We had anticipated difficult climbs and a long distance, and although this was true, it all worked out amazingly. We started with the first steep climb that Amr and I had looked at, and it was manageable - you needed to take great care on the stone steps, a mistake and you could break your leg, but somehow it was not bad - maybe because we went slowly and carefully - but whatever, it was ok, and the rewards were magnificent views as we walked along the ridge. This continued, as we knew it would, after a level ridge walk down we went again, and up the other side - no zig zag to get up and down. This continued many times. One of the most spectacular downs was to Sycamore Gap which is famous for being the spot where they filmed the Robin Hood movie Prince of Thieves. We all had photos there, and another group of people took all four of us, and we took their group etc. there were quite a lot of walkers out today, and we realised that it is Saturday and people are out for weekend walks. Lots of locals, not just people like us.

    Another feature of today’s walking was MUD....lots of it. This is not a complaint, as we had no rain!! Occasionally there were droplets of most, but I never needed to put on my poncho, and it was beautiful and even sunny sometimes. The mud situation was bad, but then got funny once we had to get through an unavoidable bog and all had to go deeper than our shoes - even Amr in his quite high boots got waterlogged. So for the rest of the day we walked with wet feet and socks squelching along, and it still was good. Our shoes were so muddy that when we arrived here at our accommodation the first thing we did was to get a hose to clean all the mud off before it dried on.

    But it was fantastic with views of this gorgeous countryside, walking amongst the cows and sheep who all mix together in the fields, and today we were well marked with acorns and signs - we are getting expert at spotting the little white dots of the acorn sign in the distance at a stile or gate.

    So after the many ups and downs we finally walked smoothly, that is on the level, along the Wall and finally came to our end point of walking which was the Chesters Roman Fort. It was a marathon 22.3 kms, which doesn’t sound all that far by Camino distances, but this was tough walking. Carole and John were Trojans as we knew this was very arduous for them, and we all made it with gusto.

    We had to telephone when we got to the Fort and were picked up by our host, Dave, who is at present salmon fishing in the North Tyne river, but his wife, daughter and granddaughter are here looking after us and we have just had dinner and are retiring to our rooms. When we first arrived, after we had cleaned the shoes and left them to dry, there was the cleaning of ourselves and particularly our socks which took many rinses to clean! But after dinner, wine and showers we are very content.

    I will put on photos of today, but there is no way photos can capture the perspective of the steepness, or the whole picture. But I will try.
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    Carolyn Anderson

    What beautiful scenery

  • Day29

    Semi rest day at Twice Brewed

    September 27, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    Today was set aside as a circular walk from here to see the local archeological site and museum- Vindolanda. The route they suggested took us up on the official walk for a couple of hours, then down and round via the museum etc. but we decided to skip the walking part and have a day off as would have to do it tomorrow anyway (except we figured later that if we had done it today we could then get a bus to the next place and resume from there) - but we didn’t, so we have quite a big walk ahead tomorrow, with some notorious climbs! Amr and I had a reconnoiter of how to get back to the track (as yesterday we accidentally arrived through the bog!) and found the track and also saw what an enormous climb faces us first thing!! A bit daunting, but at least we’ll be fresh.

    So today we did walk anyway, to the places of interest. Vindolanda was a Roman fortress and the whole town is gradually being excavated...it is so interesting....feels a bit like walking round Pompeii. And they are still digging up many objects that are displayed in the museum. We wouldn’t have had a chance to visit it without this day of no definite plan, and also it is so good to stay in a place for 2 nights.

    It rains on and off, and will continue to do so by the look of it, but not often does it pour drenching rain, and there are many gaps with no rain at all, so it’s not miserable. And our accommodation has been exceptional. We are now relaxing in the guest lounge, sipping wine or in my case a Pedro Jiminez sherry! Amr says to assure Paul that they are Riedel glasses! There is an honesty box for the wine - £2.50 for a glass. We will go to the Twice Brewed Inn again for dinner...it was good.
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  • Day2

    Hadrian's Wall Path; part 1

    September 18, 2021 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    There are dramatic parts of the Hadrian's Wall Path either side of Housesteads as this is part of the Whin Sill escarpment, a tabular layer of igneous rock (dorolite). The the most intact parts of Hadrian's Wall are, not surprisingly, in the highest and least accessible parts of its course.

    We start at a dip in the crags known as King's Wicket, East of Housesteads and Milecastle 36. Passing the back of the fort to its west side, we reach trees and the path is actually on top of the wall. There are wonderful views looking ahead, and Hadrian's Wall does not look dissimilar to the Great Wall of China! We pass Hotbank Farm and we can see Crag Lough, an inland lake, ahead - but it is more spectacular looking back. We drop down to Sycamore Gap to pass a tree known as Robin Hood’s tree after its appearance in the ‘Prince of Thieves’ film, and soon reach Milecastle 39. Just before the Steel Rig car park (close to Milecastle 40) there are great views back to the Highshield Crags outcrop of the Whin Sill.
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  • Day23

    Hadrian woz ere

    September 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Well i thought i'd be bored on the way down here but I haven't come across Hadrian's Wall and before that the small airfield with a B2 bomber in it and that was just f****** amazing much of Hadrian's Wall is been pulled down for fences walking past 1 now for the bits of the still there is spectacular. Also here is a picture of a tea cake there equivalent to a chocolate RoyalRead more

    Jinie Fox

    Very beautiful

  • Day6

    Die Kollegenschweine

    May 16, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Nach der morgentlichen Verabschiedung von unserer netten Gastgeberin ließen wir uns überreden schnell noch mal bei einem Baum vorbei zu schauen. Team Foffteihn begleitete uns natürlich. Irgendwann soll da wohl mal jemand einen Film von nem Typen gedreht haben, der in Strumpfhosen durch den Wald flitzt und Leute beklaut. Nachdem wir auf der Suche danach nicht nur ewig über Äcker und Waldwege gegurkt sind, mussten wir anschließend schnell nochmal auf nen Bergkamm klettern und da noch ewig weit latschen. Einer von uns erfreute sich an einem etwas sportlicheren Programm, die anderen drehten aber auf halben Wege um und gaben sich auf dem Parkplatz einem zweiten Frühstück hin.Read more

  • Day12

    The Twice Brewed Inn

    June 15, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    White coffee (with sugar) for me, Coalface ale for Tim as well as tomato soup, the ham steak with chips, and shared veggies. For me the catch of the day (salmon) with fried potatoes and tomatoes (which I actually ate most because they were so good) and the shared veggies.
    Slow service because they were busy and the kitchen was backed up, but very good food and decent atmosphere.
    ... Interesting that the map has a spot here marked "Over Brewed." Now we wonder the significance, or typo, or feud with the old pub and their naming story is made up ??? ;)
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  • Day7

    Hadrien wall

    July 24, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Dimanche, 24 juillet 2016
    Aujourd'hui est prévue notre dernière étape en Angleterre, demain nous serons en terre écossaise. Nous contournons York et arrivons après 150km à Newcastle-upon-Tyne. C'est ici que le Royaume Uni est le plus étroit. C'est sur cette distance de 117km que l'empereur romain Hadrien a fait ériger en l'an 122 un mur pour séparer les romains des barbares. A distances régulières se trouvent des forts, milecastles et tours de garde. Nous visitons un ancien temple dédié à Mythra, le fort Housesteads où on peut facilement s'imaginer la vie de garnison d'il y a 1900ans et Steel Rigg un point de vue sur la muraille. Une exposition et les fouilles effectuées au fort montrent l'ingéniosité des romains. On y peut distinguer le palais du chef, les baraquements des soldats, les bains, l'hôpital et le dépôt des réserves de vivres pour env. 6000 personnes. Eric a réservé par téléphone une place au Hadrian's Wall Camping; c'était bien vu, ici nous sommes pour la première fois au milieu de campeurs de plein de nationalités.Read more

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