That was a long day and a hard walk! Started at Steel Rigg and ended at Lanercost and we were accompanied by our friend and ex-Army colleague, Jim Waterson. Jim and I served together in Germany 1977-79 and then again in Blandford Dorset 1983-84. Usual banter all day brought back more memories and news about some old mutual friends. Thanks to Jim for a great day. Thanks also to Jennifer for picking us up to take us to the start point on the wall and vice versa at the end.
The route was a mixture of hilly crags and rolling fields as we entered Cumbria. There were some marvellous sections of original wall and a few interesting spots which are probably worth a revisit to spend more time looking around. Some photos attached.
However, today has taken its toll on our legs. Jim said we would all be doing ‘Douglas Bader’ impressions later, he’s not wrong! I’ve developed a right knee problem which made the last 5 miles uncomfortable. Painkillers might be required tomorrow. Despite the minor pain, my blisters appear intact but only due to the pads applied yesterday. Chris has a blister on her left big toe which has its own postcode.
Interestingly we’re staying round the corner from Lanercost Priory where, in 1306-07, King Edward 1st (long shanks) convalesced for 6 months with dysentery. Mel Gibson would have been happy with this!
We met some interesting and friendly people in our digs tonight including 2 mad Ozzie ladies! They expressed some interest in my blog so thought I’d give them a mention……. hi Sheila and Sheila 🙂
Tomorrow we head off from the wall down to Carlisle, which is mainly flat, probably a good thing given my knee problem.
Some of my very early posts covered that walk (in fact it was the whole purpose of setting up the blog).
Day 1 – Newcastle
Day 2 – The wall is starting to show
Day 3 – The hilly bits (it was wet!)
Day 4 – More hills and more rain!
Day 5 – Downwards to Carlisle
Day 6 – Up to the Solway Firth – Scotland in view
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