Lochgilphead

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As expected, struggling to find decent mobile signal in these parts. We are now on the Kintyre peninsula. Blog updates may be sporadic! Oban in the sunshine was distinctly more agreeable than 2 years ago on the rain, but we lingered only long enough for coffee before heading on down the peninsula in time for an afternoon walk. Up onto… Read more »

Hadrian’s Wall Day 7 – Newburn to Tynemouth

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Our final day on the wall, Kate departed early to return home, and James had foot issues overnight which meant he couldn’t walk. I needed to move the van, so that left Caroline and Mel to make the final stretch along the banks of the Tyne through Newcastle and out to Wallsend. James and I headed to Tynemouth in the… Read more »

Hadrian’s Wall Day 6 – Wallhouses to Newburn

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A diversion first thing to collect up the party from Corbridge, a pretty little town with a bridge and baffling road junctions. And a church made from remnants of the wall and Roman forts. Leaving the wall at Heddon-on-the-Wall and down into the Tyne valley giving lovely views of the city ahead. The welcome was not quite what we expected…. Read more »

Hadrian’s Wall Day 5 – Walwick to Wallhouses

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Little to report here today, dropping down off the craggy ridge and back into farmland, some views to the north but mostly parallel to the road. A little of the wet stuff from the heavens taking the edge off the enjoyment factor, so I loyally stayed as van logistics operative and kept kept dry in the pub. Still got a… Read more »

Hadrian’s Wall Day 4 – Twice Brewed to Walwick

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After the full Northumberland cooked breakfast, we had sufficient beans to want to go back to Cawfields where we abandoned the previous days walk. A stunning bit of countryside, the wall follows a craggy Whinstone ridge which in itself looks like a formidable barrier, but hey-ho, if your building a wall, why not carry on? We also summitted the highest… Read more »

Hadrian’s Wall Day 3 – Lanercost to Twice Brewed

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Day three on the wall, and the terrain is getting uppity. The 15 miles on the map turned out to be harder than the wall-mates could cope with, and by mile twelve, they’d all been voted out. I had taken the easier job of van logistics coordinator, which meant I could choose the better sections to walk on, and avoid… Read more »

Hadrian’s Wall Day 2 – Carlisle to Lanercost Priory

A bus into Carlisle from our campsite at Brampton, then quite literally a walk in the park to start the day, following the banks of the River Eden before heading out into the countryside in search of some wall. As per yesterday, the wall is lacking in evidence at this poly, although the earthworks associated with the wall are more… Read more »

Hadrian’s Wall Day 1 – Bowness on Solway to Carlisle

Our first day on the wall, although the wall is not very much in evidence in these parts. You have to take the word of the maps and guide books to know that there was ever a wall here, but the shoreline of the Solway Firth has its own appeal. Due to logistics and consideration for our lack of fitness,… Read more »

Coniston

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After two days of ‘getting mobile’ taking the very much scenic route north via Lincolnshire, we arrived in the Lake District for a couple of days of ‘leg stretch’ to ready ourselves for our planned amble across Hadrian’s Wall, starting Monday. The route to Lincolnshire was frustrated by the M6 being closed east of Birmingham, although this led us to… Read more »

Glorious Birthday Treats

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I had the most wonderful day out for my birthday yesterday. A visit to The Pig at Combe, near Honiton, a lovely country house with some top nosh and truly excellent service that was just what the doctor ordered (well not quite, but I was moderate at least!) Mel treated me, and Neil and Amanda were kind enough to come… Read more »