Hadrian's Wall Walk, Day Two
Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
583Trip End Ongoing
Start - Finish
Heddon-On-The-Wall - Chollerford
Distance - 26 Kilometres
Its funny, we were told that today was going to be a drag, so after limping out of the farm, well my left knee was shot and I walked like I had a carrot up my ass, and Lucy thinking she needed a hip replacement, we set off. But before we left, we watched the news, well the weather and we were told that today it was going to pour down.
Not far from the farm, we jumped onto the Military Way. It was built a couple of hundred years ago this road and it was built on top of the wall !!! As we walked, quite early on, we came across a mile castle. There was nothing there, but you could make out where it had been. As we walked through the fields, there were lambs everywhere, it kind of gave me a hankering for lamb !!! As we walked, along side of us was the Vallum. It was a huge ditch that had been dug to keep the Scots out, basically another barrier.
Around 13:00, we stopped for lunch. As there really is nowhere to buy your food, the B&B's that you stay in sell you this as well. We had this in an old Roman fort, which once again you could not really make out. Afterwards, it was extremely hard to get going again. Our bodies had frozen up, but eventually they unstiffened, well, only after I had pulled the carrot out of my ass again !!!
Not long after, we came across a family from Surrey. The 70 year old gandmother had organised their trip, but their bags were being taken from place to place by a company, so we called them cheaters and moved on !!! As we came into St Oswalds, the heavens opened up. We donned our wet weather gear, and started walking with a couple of Geordies who were doing a day trip. It was good talking to them as the told us tomorrow would be an up/down day with loads of wall. We did see some more wall with them, so the obligatory photos were taken. After an hour, they left us, and we trudged up a huge hill to find our B&B
Now with B&B's, I think they are hit or miss and this one was a hit. It was owned by a young Londoner who the locals called a hobby farmer. She gave us a massive room, well actually two double rooms with a huge bath but no shower, which wasn't bad as I needed to soak my muscles. Getting in was a different story. As my legs had frozen up, I kind of slipped in and went tits over ass !!! It was great though, and I quickly died in the bath !!!
Later, the owners took us down to the pub for dinner. The food and the beer were great and we had a great laugh with the family/cheaters from Surrey as they were there as well. The camaraderie amongst us and other walkers there was excellent, it was kind of like the Annapurna Circuit but five times more expensive !!!
Well the day did drag a bit, but it was lovely seeing the countryside, can't wait for tomorrow because we soon will be away from the road.