The Scene: 18th February, mild weather, the suburbs of Newcastle.
Following several days of sitting doing very little at my Grandma’s house, it was finally time to get out and take advantage of the slightly better weather than a typical day in February. Since going to the same place every few months does tend to make the local attractions seem old, heading out into the country for a day out was the best thing to do.
After a quick dig through some routecards, a walk near the village of Wall seemed good.
Before setting off, I realised that I had left my walking boots in London (obviously not my fault :p) which seemed to set up for the next equipment issue, which was my Father leaving his own pair and not realising until we had driven for 30 minutes.
Eventually, an hour later than planned, and not realising the so called ‘car park’ was just a lay by next to the road, we were ready to go.
Ready to go! [pic] — path.com/p/4pTCF3
There were a couple of interesting sites along the route, the first of which involved a short 800m detour off the route to Chesters Bridge. This was the site of two bridges across the River Tyne with Chesters Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall adjacent to it.
There’s a link to all the pictures from this walk at the end of the post.
After appreciating this, we continued back to the main route, passing the rather impressive Chollerton Bridge which makes for a great picture:
We continued along for a while longer, before finally up past several disused quarries and stopping for lunch.
After lunch, we pass by the very pretty St. Oswald’s Church, which surprisingly is left open to the public, although I probably only feel like that from living in London all my life. Still, it is really great to see some trust left with people.
The church is actually located behind the trees in the Street View above, and you can click the image of the sign below to make it bigger.
The worst place to get lost is the final stretch of the walk, when you are especially tired and it’s getting dark, so of course that was exactly what happened, thanks to the path being complete obscured. Luckily there was not too much of a problem since all we needed to do was reach the main road back into Wall. We also met a couple in the same situation, although we quickly sped ahead of them because they had a blurred print out from the internet and left them to chat with a local farmer.
Despite a few hiccups, it turned out great in the end, and definitely was one of the better walks I’ve been on.
Find all the pictures from this walk here.