On to Chollerford

A lovely breakfast and a photo of Charlotte and I started day two as we were told that we should enjoy the next few days as we were in the flats.  Little did we know at the time, just how true and difficult a climb this Wall would take. Out the gate and back on the Military Road we headed east walking in the Roman ditch, which is just north of the Wall.

From here the trail continued in the ditch to the Great Northern Lake where over 190 bird species have been spotted over the years. Keeping to the North we arrived at the Robin Hood Inn where a lovely fire was burning with a fire screen in the shape of an acorn.  A cup of coffee, to warm up and take a break, we were soon off again as it was another 15 miles or so, depending on how many wrong turns we took.

We now could see the Roman remains of what is called the Vallum,  which is a large soft, curvaceous undulation as it burrows itself through the fields.  Hiking through the fields the first part of the Wall appears. The Wall seems to vary in width as one turret is at one width and the other side is a narrower gauge.  No one seems to know why the change continued for several miles.  As we approached the river we could still see the Roman bridge abutment with the new bridge to the left that we will use to cross. This is the third Roman bridge that was constructed on the river Tyne.

As we approached Chollerford our instructions were to call Mrs. Margaret Locke when we arrived in town and she would send someone to collect us.  Making the call, her husband arrived straight away, and loaded us into his car and we headed to Halbarns where our lodging would be for the night.  Halbrams is a lovely detached farmhuse on a working farm, situated on the edge of Hadrian's Wall.  

Settled, taking out boots off, Mrs. Locke offered us tea and biscuits, that we shared with a husband and wife from Belgium who were walking the Path as well.  We had a lovely conversation about education in both our countries.  Refreshed we went upstairs to get ready for dinner, a delicious three course meal. We were use to having wine with dinner but found that wine was not always available.  Looking back I wonder if I should have asked for a whiskey?

I should note that since there is NO WHERE along the Path to buy lunch we paid to have our lunch prepared at every accommodation. I may never eat another ham and cheese sandwich again, even though they were always good. Seven days of ham and cheese was about four days to many.

 


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