Sunday Girl

LETJOG – Day 34: Sunday 20 June – HEXHAM to BARRASFORD (11 miles)

Rachel, getting very much into the LETJOG spirit!

So good to be together for the next two days of the walk, and after a good breakfast, Rachel and I set off northwards, crossing the Tyne and through Acomb, before making our way up amongst the fields of barley to the line of Hadrian’s Wall, at Brunton Bank – another LETJOG milestone reached on my northward journey. At this point the Wall is little more than a mound in the turf, with most of the stone having been pilfered for alternative buildings and boundary walls over the centuries subsequent to the Roman retreat from Great Britain. There are however some information boards, and the tour of the isolated Church of St Oswald on the ridge at Heavensfield is certainly recommended.

Crossing the Tyne!
Barley fields aplenty, yet to ripen . . .
. . . and an unusual wayside flower!

From the line of the Wall one can look down across the fields towards the Border country: later, viewing upslope across this same pasture land, from our picnic lunch-spot, one could appreciate the daunting prospect the Picts might have had in contemplating any southward incursion against the Roman defences.

Looking down and northwards towards the Borders from Hadrian’s Wall

Our afternoon walk concluded with a look around the small village of Chollerton, including the Church and the small exhibition in the adjacent hearse room and stable-block, before joining the River Tyne Trail through wooded slopes for the short distance into Barrasford, and our inn for the night.

Outside St Giles’ Church in Chollerton, together in our Hospice of St Francis walking tops
Zooming in on Haughton Castle, across the North Tyne River, from the window of our room in the Barrasford Arms . . .
. . . where we shared a drink at the end of a lovely day!

One thought on “Sunday Girl

  1. Good to meet both of you today as you headed away from Barrasford on the ‘nice’ path. All success with your adventure and fund raising. (Rod – man with red jacket and black dog!)

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