Day 1 – at first light, around 9am, the expedition to walk Hadrian’s Wall path got underway after a light meal the locals call a ‘full English breakfast’. The sun was shining and the views across the Solway Firth were magnificent.
The walk started at Solway-on-Bowness, a fascinating town with some rather amusing history. The locals have a history of fighting with the Scots across the firth and in 1626 border raiders stole the bells from the local church. As the thieves were escaping across the firth they accidentally dropped the bells into the water. The bells have never been recovered. Subsequently some locals went across to Scotland and stole two new bells from Scotland and here they remain.
The thought of walking 84 miles was a little daunting but the small company (of two) set off in good humour. At the end of the first mile we meet an interesting character Roger Brough, who has set up a signpost which enables him to add any place in the world. Naturally we asked for Brisbane. And naturally there was a photo. And a donation box.
We watched the sea birds, followed narrow paths and crossed through timber gates. All the way the views were wonderful, sometimes the water, sometimes patchwork fields.
We saw apple trees weighted down with fruit and the ever-present bramble bushes. Apparently you can call them blackberries if the fruit is bigger.
We saw some other walkers, although most think it is too cold. More fool them it is wonderful here. We see many locals, some of whom have four legs. Signs warn us that we must share the road at times.
We arrive at our accommodation – Hillside Farm – and the view is very rural. The colours are so nice.
The end of the first day is at Burgh-on-Sands where King Edward 1 met his untimely end. In fact there is so much history here that it is difficult to take it all in.
On the second day we are heading for Carlisle. There are many hazards along the way – steep riverbanks, the threat of violence
and locals plying us with temptations such as caramel ice-cream from the Lakes District or homemade bramble jelly
The road was a little more difficult that the flat marshland from yesterday although, again, it was a beautiful day. We started by walking through fields lined with hawthorn and ash
and finished by following the river Eden. We had a break on the riverbank and watched a man fly fishing.
And finished the day in Carlisle
So 24km and all without the aid of a Medivac helicopter or even a blister pad – that’s a result!!
Good on you Kaye you have inspired me there is so much to take in on the way, the weather looks great. I ‘ll show Bruce, although he has now definitely got ross river fever again so he ‘s not going anywhere too soon and now on Prednisone Cheers Rob ,
That’s no good hope he turns the corner soon
Lots of quilt ideas I reckon😀 looks fantastic. Lucky with weather hope it keeps going. Marg
That’s what we say!! Off again now -only a 5 mile hike this morning -easy going for Peter’s birthday
I love your adventures. Your way with words is amazing. Keep trekking. R xx
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Hi Kaye, Just arrived back myself, and went to sewing this week to hear that you two are having a great time walking Hadrian’s Wall. I did not realize that you were going do such a huge distance, do you want us to take up a collection for you to buy a stack of plasters, new shoes, etc? Just remember, there will be a great pub at the end of the day somewhere where a G & T will be waiting to quench that thirst. The weather in the photo’s look great. Keep having a great time and I look forward to the next instalment. By the way, whilst we were in NZ the Aussie played the Poms, I tried to get John ( my pommie) to watch it with me, he lasted 1 minute when he decided to go for a walk – I guess he saw the writing on the wall and the pain of oit all was too much, did I rub it in when he returned. Take good care of each other and walk safely. Love, Dee
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