Tuesday 9th May - Bluebells in Burrator Wood

The annual bluebell walk from Meavy. Down over the stepping stones past Yeo Farm and up into the woods for usual outstanding display. On through the fields past the lambs and on to Sheepstor. Into the church then up to the top of Sheeps Tor. Terry took most to the Pixies House. Then to the top of Sheeps Tor for the coffee break. Down to follow the path around the edge of the reservoir, over the dam and down again to the leat. Back to the Royal Oak for lunch. With Jane, Dianne, Darren, Sue, Keith, Terry, Charlie, Tom, David and Simon.

Through the woods.





The church at Sheepstor


On the way up to Sheeps Tor.




Tuesday 2nd May - Hadrian’s Wall Day 6 - Heddon to Newcastle

 
Due to a muscular injury I wasn't able to do the final section of the walk. Obviously it was disappointing not to complete the final part but I was very please to have walked 75 miles over 5 days. Charles and I caught the bus to Newcastle. Surprisingly, we saw more of the wall than we would have done had we walked.

Quite a long time since I had been to Newcastle and there are many different bridges going across the River Tyne

The view downstream from the Millennium Bridge.

This is the Millennium Bridge raised up to allow ships to go past

We met Tom for lunch on his way through and then went to the contemporary art museum in the old Baltic Flour Mill...

... where the seagulls go to sleep high above the streets below

Then it was on the metro to get to the Segedunum museum to meet Tom as he finished the walk.


The Segedunum Museum
 
A coffee in the museum cafe and then the final journey on the metro to the airport. Fortunately all three rucksacks arrived safely with us at Exeter.

Monday 1st May - Hadrian's Wall Day 5 - Wall to Heddon on the Wall

 
For virtually all of this route the route follows the B3618. This is know as The Military Road. The Vallum, or ditch, runs alongside the road and clearly the majority of the wall for this section of the walk is where the road currently is. This is the Military Road built by General Wade in 1746 to move troops quickly from Newcastle to Dumfriesshire. Much of the material from the wall was used as hardcore in the construction of the road.  This was the least attractive part of the walk due to the constant noise from passing traffic. The weather conditions remained dry and cool and again perfect for walking. Unfortunately Charles had injured his knee and was not able to do this part of the walk.

The Hadrian Hotel

Through a country lane to rejoin the path.


The course has been cut back to expose the Vallum

The path runs adjacent to the Vallum and Military Road

Fields and fields of rapeseed at this time of the year but it made for some bright colour on an otherwise fairly dull day

Tom




Eventually we arrived at our B&B at Heddon-on-the-Wall
Miles walked 14.2
Fitbit steps 33844

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Sunday 30th April - Hadrian's Wall Day 4 Twice Brewed to Wall

We left the Twice Brewed Inn - which will soon have a micro brewery and took the short walk back to the wall.  For me this was the most attractive section. Lots of uphill stretches but not as severe as yesterday.

Re-joining the path at this point with a short sharp climb up to the top of the crag.

Along the ridge of Peel Crags




Very steeply down to the sycamore tree made famous in the Robin Hood film featuring Kevin Costner



Along the ridge of Highshield Crags with Crag Lough below.

Iconic views of Hadrian's Wall at this point

To the remains of the Roman fort at Housteads where we took a coffee break.

Gently up to Kennel Crags and Sewingshields Crags and to the end of the best part of the

From here it was gently down to The Military Road and the remains of this small Roman Church at Brocolitia Roman Fort

Past Limestone Corner



On to Wallwick to  Chesters Roman Fort through Chollerford to our hotel in Wall

Miles walked 14.7
Fitbit steps 36087

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Saturday 29th April - Hadrians Wall Day 3 - From Lanercost Priory to Twice Brewed

Excellent walking conditions and at last we found the wall! Our route was through Birdoswald, Gilsland and then over the much steeper bits at  Walltown Crags, Crawford Crags and Windshield Crags. 

Lanercost Priory

Gently back up hill to re-join the path.

At last we found the Wall! this is at Banks and the tallest part of the wall still standing.

The information board puts it into perspective. This is what it would have look like 2000 years ago.

Bankshead

Another information board

We had a coffee stop at Birdoswald - the crags in the distance come into view.

Footbridge over the River Irthing




Through the village Gilsand - the Vallum or ditch.

We went of the track to have lunch in Greenhead then steeply up to the crags near Carvoran. The start of the Crags with the wall going along the top.

A sheer drop down but the Romans still had their mighty wall on top.

Then it was down.....and up again.



The disused Cawfield quarry



The trig point on Windshield Crags, the highest point on the whole walk.

Then down to the Twice Brewed Inn for a rest on after a very demanding day.
Miles Walked 15.1
Fitbit Steps 39755

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