Hadrian's Wall Walk, Day Four
Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
583Trip End Ongoing
Start - Finish
Once Brewed - Walton
Distance - 28 Kilometres
We left the pub early and set on up a hill. At the top, we re-joined the trail again, and like yesterday, it was very impressive. Not long after, we came to the highest point of the wall, 345 metres. I know its not high up, but there were no roads, the views was superb and the air so fresh. As we walked, another couple caught us. We had seen them everyday, and they were not carrying their gear either. We called them cheaters, and they just laughed. We did speak to them about the walk and told them what you could see, but they said that they were only interested in the walk, not the scenery, history or beauty !!! Oh well, horses for courses.
Once again, the wall went up and down the crags. Today the ups weren't as high, and we appeared to be mainly going down. It felt much better !!! My knee wasn't getting any better, actually, the other one was feeling bad now as well. Must be the age thing !!!
We knew today was going to be long, and after going through a sheep farm where the lambs were very fresh with new placentas on the ground, we found a place and had our lunch. It was funny watching the walkers go by. The cheating couple were only interested in beer, whilst another lady, having seen a sign for tea and cakes, made here way to that place. Not long after, we went past mile castle 48. The walls were complete, but we had a long way to go. After crossing a railway line, we walked along another huge section of wall. As usual, it was very impressive.
Not long after, we crossed a river, and then had to climb a massive hill. Trust me, I nearly cried !!! Up the top was more wall and at the end of it was Birdoswald Fort. We didn't have time to check it out, so we continued on the trail. As there was no wall to see, we followed the vallum. Every now and then, the remains of a turret from a mile castle would appear to break up the monotony !!!
As we trudged along, we eventually ran out of water. We saw a sign for a shop and stopped once there. Now up here, they have honesty shops. No workers, just take your goods and leave the money. Thank god we found this as we had another five K's of ups and downs !!! Not long after, we crossed a bridge and saw another bit of the wall, but it was covered with grass. We also read that this was the last bit of the wall we would see. Quite sad really.
Now Walton has a pub which is on the line of the wall, and it is called the Centurion but sadly it is not open until May !!! There is also a B&B which offers you a 5 course dinner, but it was full !!! So we settled on another farm, a milking one this time, and they offered us a meal. It wasn't a 5 courser, but it was sufficient to fill us
So that was the last of the wall. It was amazing to see it, but today was hard, real hard, fucking hard !!!