Planned kilometres: 29 (cummulative 1019)
Kilometres walked: 27 (cummulative 1066)
% Completed (based on 1800km trip): 59.2%
Pubs visited: Cheviot Hotel
Pints: 0 (cummulative 145)
Kms per pint: 7.3
Blisters: 0 (cummulative 4)
Newcastle upon Tyne to Bellingham
I had an early start this morning as the trains back to Bardon Mills to restart my walking only leave every couple of hours. After my pub antics last night, I was tired and not feeling 100%. Following sign was see in Marks & Spencer food hall at the Newcastle train station. I like it how they say sorry for the inconvenience of you not being able to get a beer before 9am.
Today was the first full day walk I had done with my full backpack in a couple of weeks. When I got off the train at Bardon Mills, the sun was shining, I was feeling slightly under the weather (bad pint?), had a full backpack on and the start of my walk was up a long hill. By the time I had spent 30 minutes walking up the hill, I had sweated out the beers from last night and was sucking in big breathes and downing lots of water.
I came across a couple of Lime Kilns on the side of the road on my walk back to join the Pennine Way.
When I joined the Pennine way I crossed Hadrian’s Wall. As I was walking up the hill to Hadrian’s Wall, George who I walked with a couple of days ago was coming along the wall from the west, so we started walking the Pennine Way together. On the way we meet up with another walker Tim who George had walked with a few days prior.
As we were walking, there was a sign on a fence saying ‘refreshments, kettle, bathroom was available at the next farm. Tim had walked the Pennine Way as said that they had a room with couches where walkers could take a rest. When we got to Horneystead farm, there was a room with ‘Pit Stop’ and we decided to take a break. The fridge only had 2 cold cans of Irn-Bru in them but as it was hot, and I was parched, I downed a can. This can will be the only can on Irn-Bru that I will ever drink.
While we were resting on the couches, another walker Jasmine arrived, and she is the first person I have meet who is doing Lejog. Jasmine said she had meet 2 others however one had gone home a couple of days before injured and another was a few days behind.
All four of us walked the rest of the way along the way to Bellingham. On the way into Bellingham, there was a sign advertising the Bellingham Fair and Country Festival for the next weekend. In the paddock behind I saw this building with Ladies written on it but couldn’t see the men’s.