This week’s walk took Leo and I back to Hadrian’s Wall for a short(ish) undulating walk from the ancient remains of Housesteads Roman Fort along to Sycamore Gap in the beautiful landscape of the Northumberland National Park. Sunny came with us this time, so I have to give credit to him for a lot of the photography!
Wow! It feels like such a long time since I wrote a blog post! All I can do is apologise, and I also have a few excuses lined up:
- I have a job! Significant for me – I’ve not been working for a couple of months so I’m currently helping out a friend doing some office work. It’s casual, but it’s work!
- I still haven’t managed to shake this cold. I feel like I’ve turned into a giant ball of snot and it’s been like this for two weeks now. I’m just willing my body to get a grip!
- I’ve been on holiday! For New Year we went on holiday to St Anton, Austria as a family so that meant Leo was left with my in-laws and we didn’t have a “Wild Walk” last week.
- I have a GoPro and I’ve not figured out how to use it yet. I’m not sure why this is really an excuse… but it is. Basically, my wonderful husband bought me a GoPro Hero 5 for Christmas and it’s taken a while to figure out how to use it, how to use the software, and if/how I can incorporate it into Wild Walks With Wine. Unfortunately you’re still going to have to wait for the outcome of this as I’ve not yet come up with something that I’m happy with. But rest assured, there will be GoPro footage uploaded in the near future!
So, because I’m now working during the week, our walk this week was on Sunday, and Sunny came along too! In a way, I find it easier to write up the walks when I have been on my own – even though my mum, Sippy and Sunny have accompanied me on some walks. When I’m walking on my own, I have the time to think about what I will write about a particular place; I get a different feeling towards a place when I’m there on my own (with Leo though – obviously!). I’ve come to realise that I actually don’t mind either way, whether I walk on my own or with somebody else, but it is very different. And it makes it much more difficult to write it up! On the plus side, it meant that I could use the GoPro, and Sunny used the proper camera, so, weirdly, I actually have pictures of ME! Ha! Not too many though, don’t worry.
Last time I visited Hadrian’s Wall, I parked at Brocolitia and walked through the wilds then back along the wall. This trip was quite a contrast to the previous walk. Firstly, it was much shorter. We walked just over 5 miles in total, and we were out for 2 ½ hours so it was shorter than other walks we’ve done. It does take an hour to get across to the Housesteads Fort start point so we didn’t have that long to walk!
The second stark contrast is the amount of Roman ruins that we saw. The first time I visited, the ruins were perhaps a little bit disappointing. But this time, we followed the wall along for miles, and if it hadn’t been for the low cloud/fog covering the hillside, there would have been fantastic views of the wall as it disappears into the distance!
We slept in a bit on Sunday, so unfortunately we missed lunch at the Red Lion in Newbrough (again). Instead we headed for The Boatside Inn, just off the A69. It was lovely. Unusually (for me) we just saw the pub on the way to Housesteads Fort and decided to try it. 4G let me down so I couldn’t even check TripAdvisor! Turns out it gets 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor, and well deserved!
The Boatside Inn was lovely. Dog friendly, large portion sizes, and a specific Gin Menu! What more could a girl want? Ha!
Full details of the pub and walk will follow shortly, along with my attempts at editing my GoPro footage (don’t hold your breath for this part!). If you have any feedback on the blog or tips for where we should go next, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, either by leaving a comment or contacting me on Facebook.