Hadrian's Wall Walk, Day Three
Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
583Trip End Ongoing
Start - Finish
Chollerford - Once Brewed
Distance - 24 Kilometres
As we were staying on a hobby farm, the bacon and sausages had come from the farms pigs whilst the eggs were a deep rich yellow as they were free range hens. Trust me, it was tasty !!!
We set off and went down to the gates of Chesters Roman fort. As it was 08:30 and not 10:00, we were not allowed to enter, so we climbed a hill instead and had our first talk of the morning with a sheep farmer. He told us about lambing, shearing and other things. It was quite interesting. After half an hour, the Surrey cheaters came into view, so we set off across the fields in the sun, as the rain had disappeared over night.
It didn't take long to see it, but there it was, a huge piece of wall with the vallum on the side of it. Eventually, the wall ran out as like most areas, it had been used as stones for houses, but the vallum was ever present. As we walked, we came across Brocolita Fort. At present, it is unexcavated. At the back of it, is a temple to Mithras. It was discovered in 1949 and all the good stuff had been moved to the Museum of Antiquities in Newcastle, which we plan on seeing when we get back.
After walking through more farms, we started talking to another farmer who in his trailer, he had a twelve hour old sheep. This was great, I had never seen a sheep so young. He told us that we had eight K's to go, so we started walking. The trail was going up and down the crags with the wall on the side, it was very impressive. As lunch loomed, we stopped off at the most complete Roman fort. Housteads.
Once we finished eating, we paid and went in. Normally, we run all over these sites taking it in, but truthfully, I was fucked !!!. There were also loads of other day walkers out and about, so we moved back onto the track.
Trust me, the views were stunning, the wall was amazing, but this walk was tiring as we were going up and down constantly. Still, you couldn't complain, there were loads of mile castles to look at. Not long after, we arrived at Sycamore Gap, so called because in the middle of a down/up section was a sycamore tree which had appeared in Roin Hood alongside Kevin Costner. And then after a couple of more up/downs, we arrived at the Twice Brewed pub in Once Brewed where we were staying.
As we had seen enough lambs over the last three days, we had lamb shanks in mashed potato for dinner, it went down a treat. Afterwards, we got talking to a couple who walk the wall every year. They had seen the cheaters from Surrey and said that the grandmother was really struggling. Quite sad really, I was looking forward to having more pints with them !!!
It had been a spectacular day, the best so far, hopefully tomorrow will be just as good