OVER THE (HADRIAN’S) WALL

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I plotted my big pre Christmas tour on Bing Maps last night.

Trip
Bit more than 13 hours, actually

If you look at it with a squint you can imagine it clearly resembles BRAPA taking a leak at Newark station.

From Durham I said hello to the Angel,

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and whizzed along the A69 towards the Wall. Or as Simon calls it, the English-Scottish border.

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Pic : TripSavvy
Wall
Pointless OS extract

My sole new GBG entry in western Northumberland is actually at Wall, a pretty village with a pub AND loos, and this marvellous view;

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Glorious

The Hadrian Hotel looks posh, the restaurant name is in Latin, the first person you see is the hotel receptionist, and it’s fairly clear it’s outside my budget.

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Two turtle doves
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Proper Pub

The folk are lovely. Chatty, smiley, helpful. The lady at the bar says “sorry for keeping you” as she rushes by with a vat of mulled wine she’s made herself. Is it real ale ?

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Aaagh, missed the mirror

Sadly not, so just a half of Best and a chat about the weather “Bask in it while it’s here” and mulling (?).

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Wow

There’s two roaring fires, one cask, one keg, so I pick the real one.

The Twice Brewed is homebrewer’s homebrew, but it’s well kept (NBSS 3) and inoffensive, just like the inoffensive Adele.

They both say “Thanks, bye” as I leave, having put about £1.75 into their coffers.

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Note scary blue dot. What can it mean ?

I walked the bounds of Wall, which I now find isn’t named after Max. It’s quiet and unfussy,and a group of Hexham Hikers say a nervous “hello” as I stride purposely past them. Schnell” I say back, by way of encouragement.

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1890s ale dispense

My walk gives me views over the wall, but within 30 minutes I need the loo, which I can tell Duncan is strategically located under the trees on the football pitch.

And it’s open !

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As is Hadrian’s Wall, except when they take their January holiday to visit Offa’s Dyke.

7 thoughts on “OVER THE (HADRIAN’S) WALL

    1. Welcome, and many thanks for the comments Cindy (?), My dad is also keen to walk a bit of Hadrian’s Wall (he’s 84); it’s very manageable in small segments and with loads of good pubs stops !

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      1. Wow, well done Dad. He should give it a go. I’d like to walk the whole route, those Roman forts look intriguing. Good pubs are always welcome 🍺 I drank more beer when walking the Portuguese Camino than I drank for the rest of my life….usually started at 10am 😂😂😂 it was hot is my excuse

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