God Only Knows

LETJOG – Day 35: Monday 21 June – BARRASFORD to BELLINGHAM (13 miles)

Drizzle on the vine leaves outside the Barrasford Arms

Rachel had studied the weather forecast avidly this morning, and had decided that it suited our purposes perfectly to take our time over breakfast, whilst the rain, and then the drizzle, abated. And an excellent repast it was too, following a similarly good roast beef last night. So a big thank you here to Victoria and her team at the Barrasford Arms for a lovely night’s stay, and for supporting LETJOG – all very much appreciated, thank you!

Eventually, clad in our waterproofs, the two of us made our way out into the damp. As predicted the day soon brightened and we covered five pleasant miles along the lanes to Wark, crossing the North Tyne to buy lunch supplies and for a welcome coffee on the village green. Another two miles saw us up to Birtley Common, high above the river, where we picnicked and rested awhile amongst the sheep, curlews and lapwings. Then down, to meet the River Tyne Trail once more, on a scenic forested path along the riverbank, and eventually to Bellingham and to our destination, the Cheviot Hotel.

Rachel and I, ready to roll this wet morning
Some birdsfoot trefoil by the roadside, near Wark
Rachel crossing onto Birtley Common, in style . . .
. . . and ferns in high places!
A signalman’s hut perhaps, on the former railway line that now serves as part of the River Tyne Trail
An evening stroll by the North Tyne river, near Bellingham . . .
. . . and sampling the fine beers from the Hadrian Border Brewery – the Tyneside Blonde was excellent, but I’ll stick with my Riever brunette!

3 thoughts on “God Only Knows

  1. Excellent piccies Wig & great to see you both enjoying the trek so much. Need to work on your selfie smile though.

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  2. Glad to see you are still alive and well mate. Recognised the river at Hexham/Barden Mill. Lots canoeing done there and half drowning may I add. Keep up the good work, you are doing great👍👍

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