Phew! I’m knackered! And Leo is now curled up next to me on the sofa, so I think we can safely assume that he is too!

Today we’ve been walking in Northumberland. I took Leo up to Hadrian’s Wall, an historic Roman ruin site in Northumberland. This was by far our wildest, muddiest and most difficult walk for Wild Walks with Wine to date!

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We spent four hours hiking through farmland, moors and Hadrian’s Wall ruins which was supposed to be 7.8 miles… I clocked 9.2 miles on my Strava App. I don’t know if this means that Strava is a little generous, or my map reading skills aren’t really up to scratch. Either way – a long walk along difficult terrain is probably what we all need to counteract the Christmas indulgences!

Northumberland National Park prides itself on having large areas of “Open Access” land, which a lot of this walk uses. This is great for planning your own routes and exploring the countryside ‘off the beaten track’, the problem is, sometimes it’s nice to follow a beaten track to make sure you’re heading in the right direction!

This walk involved crossing a few areas of marshy heath which were fairly difficult to navigate (and pretty tricky underfoot!). What also didn’t help was that the farmer had put additional fencing in which wasn’t on my map. But I made it! There was one point where I did think I was lost, but that’s part of the fun of it!

I had planned to pass between two small lakes, Halleypike Lough and Folly Lake, but I must have turned off too early (according to my GPS tracker, that I’ve looked at now I’m home) and I never found them. That confused me even more!

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When I finally found myself back on Hadrian’s Wall Path, the wall itself was not what I expected! The section I walked along has barely anything left of it! Although the Sewingshields Crags were pretty spectacular, especially in the fading December light. I have been wanting to walk along Hadrian’s Wall since we moved to the North East a couple of years ago, but we never have got round to it until now.

As I drove along to the Twice Brewed Inn after finishing the walk, we did pass Housteads Fort, which is the site of a ruined Roman fort and now houses a Visitors Centre managed by English Heritage. Perhaps next time I’m out that way I will visit the Fort, or find a walk that starts/finishes there.

Pubs in this area are few and far between. The Twice Brewed Inn was a little drive (about 15 minutes) away from the start/finish of the walk, but there’s not much choice out there. By the time I arrived the sun was going down and I was ready for some food and ready to get warmed up by the fire!

A full write up of the walk and The Twice Brewed Inn will be available soon. I hope some of you get chance to do a couple of these walks over the Christmas period. It would be lovely to see photos or hear any opinions you have about the walks! Please feel free to “Like” and “Share” my page on social media

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