21 Oct 2013: Walton to Holmhead

21 Oct 2013: Walton to Holmhead
Walk descriptor Hadrian’s Wall  
Day 03 Start to end time 00h 00m
Date Mon 21 Oct 2013 Cu miles 42
Start point Walton End point Holmhead
Miles today 12.6 Miles left 49


Today’s weather Dry and overcast in the morning, still mild with light wind.   heavy rain all afternoon – a short burst of sun about 5pm


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Today’s location

(the red circle and cross shows where I am at the moment)

GPX based track of today’s walk

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Third day on Hadrian’s Wall.   It was one of those “ a long way in a long time” days.   Covered just 10 “elapsed” miles on the Wall in 8 hours.   Sp we weren’t exactly rushing – but we did stop a few times to collect geocaches (7 today) and at a very pleasant teashop at Lanercost priory and then again at Birdoswald fort.   Main feature of the day was the rain – the day started fine but overcast then at about noon, it started raining hard and basically didn’t stop until about 5pm.   So now we are in Holmhead guest house drying out before going to pub at 8pm.   We did see the first “real” wall near Turret 54A (look it up!) – up to now it has been mostly hillocks and ditches as remains of the old turf wall in the Western section of the Wall.   Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended, despite rain!   And excellent evening meal at pub in Greenhead.


Today’s photos (click to enlarge)


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A rather macabre streetsign at our overnight stop..

The first bit of “real” all – albeit unspectacular..near Turret 54A

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Lanercost priory

Hare Hill – a bit wet..

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Close up of Wall – and beyond – at Birdoswald

Railway bridge at Gilsland


The previous day’s blog follows below the blue line

 Solid line blue