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