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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 31

      A wet walk day

      September 29, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Today we walked 13 kms and it was grey and sort of rainy all day. Not heavy penetrating rain, but constant enough that we needed to wear rain gear, but didn’t get wet through so it wasn’t bad. But I did get sick of climbing over stiles with a billowing poncho. And we did have our share of mud today, though not as much as yesterday! The water just doesn’t seem to sink into the earth - I think it is clay - so it stays in enormous puddles, and muddies the pathways.

      Anyway, not a lot to say today. The scenery wasn’t spectacular like yesterday, just pleasant pasture land and animals, and we are going now fairly straight next to the road - the site of the old Roman military road - and I think it will be like that to Newcastle. Tomorrow we reach the outskirts of Newcastle and Tuesday arrive at the end - Wallsend.

      Not many photos today - I did take one of some mud - have to confess it wasn’t a field that we had to walk through, but it was a good example of the problem! Now we are happily installed at tonight’s B and B. A lovely little place in Corbridge which is quite a town - bigger than we have seen for a few days, and we have booked at the Indian restaurant here which is supposed to be very good. Just 5 minutes walk from where we are staying. We were taxied here from the path, and will be taxied back to resume walking in the morning. All very efficient and our accommodations without exception have been excellent.
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    • Day 7

      York to Edinburgh

      May 23, 2019 in England ⋅ 🌬 14 °C

      Today’s first leg was 211 km further north from beautiful York to Hadrians Wall. Hadrians Wall once spanned 80 miles from coast to coast, marking the northern frontier to the mighty Roman Empire. Our guide or tour director as he describes himself is named Keith. Keith continued to provide us with dates, figures, names of kings and queens, poetry, poets, conquerors, stories about anything and everything English, Scottish or otherwise... the sad thing is.....it’s all too much to remember ❤️ Shortly after leaving the Wall we stopped to be fed and watered at a quaint English pub titled The Robin Hood. We were indulged with fresh vegetable soup and sandwich’s.. followed by scones and cream.
      From Hadrian’s Wall we travelled a further 102 km to Jedburgh Abbey which is perched high on a hill and absolutely stunning. The Abbey, is a ruined Augustinian abbey which was founded in the 12th century, and is situated in the town of Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders. At the Scottish Boarder where we were greeted by a Scottish bagpiper........what a beautiful sound. A further 72 km north brought us to the beautiful Scottish capital, Edinburgh where we will spend the next two nights. Our hotel Macdonald Holyrood is centrally located to the Royal Mile a beautiful strip of ancient historic buildings.
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