Great wall, great walk

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Your View - Dave Gold­smith, Nor­folk

We’ve just walked Hadrian’s wall – our first long-dis­tance walk. We de­cided to walk West to East, mainly be­cause we wanted to end up in New­cas­tle to visit friends, but also so the pre­vail­ing wind and any as­so­ci­ated rain would be be­hind us. We ob­served about 80% of peo­ple chose to walk it the other way.

But we had beau­ti­ful sun­shine for most of our nine days. One rest day on our mid­dle day, al­lowed us to spend a de­light­ful day vis­it­ing the Vin­dolanda mu­seum, and the Sill vis­i­tor cen­tre. The day ei­ther side at Steel Rigg are the best days for view­ing both the wall and the beau­ti­ful views of the dra­matic coun­try­side.

We booked our ac­com­mo­da­tion through one of the many walk­ing com­pa­nies that pro­vide the ser­vice, only need­ing to carry what we wanted dur­ing each day’s walk. We met a few who had car­ried ev­ery­thing on their back and camped they cer­tainly looked more tired than us!

One thing we hadn’t con­sid­ered was who we would meet – peo­ple from all over the world, par­tic­u­larly the US and Canada, and every­body was so friendly. We also met one cou­ple and an Amer­i­can walk­ing our way, and al­though on slightly dif­fer­ent sched­ules we kept meet­ing up, up­dat­ing each other on the events and places we vis­ited, and on one great day all five of us walked to­gether. We all swapped Emails and have re­mained in con­tact, now all firm friends. Would we walk it again? Def­i­nitely, if we ran out of other places to walk, but that looks un­likely: we are al­ready plan­ning our next walk on the train home. We’d never have done any of this has Coun­try Walk­ing not come into our lives!

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