Hadrian’s Wall: Day 6 Heddon-on-the-Wall to Wallsend
Today is the final day of walking Hadrian’s Wall. The weather started off quite rainy but late morning cleared up into sunshine.
I took a bridle way back to the main path which took a route across a golf course. From the signs they had in place, they quite clearly do not like walkers.
The route was on tarmac the entire way with no relief provided by softer ground or changes in ascent or terrain. By mid morning it felt like my feet were on fire, and from then on it just became a battle to get to the final mark.
The route takes you along the quayside in the centre of Newcastle which looked lively and bustling. There was a large sign saying ‘Great North Run’, which I changed to the ‘Great North Hobble’.
The end of the walk was a sign post in a back alley footpath, with run down buildings opposite. No sign to say start or end (as there was in Bowness-on-Sands), and I ended up asking a dog walker to take a picture of me. I headed into a museum looking for a glass of celebratory lemonade but alas, their cafe had been shut down. So, definitely an anti-climax.
I understand now why people choose to finish in Bowness on Sands rather than Newcastle, although I would still choose to complete it the same way again: the views are much better and the rain is driven into your rucksack rather than your face.
Thoughts on Hadrian’s Wall Path:
– a good choice for somebody’s first long distance walk as there is plenty of accommodation along the route allowing for short or longer days as one wishes
– lovely views in Northumberland national park, although these views don’t last quite long enough in my humble opinion
– make time to visit the historical sites. I sadly didn’t which I am now slightly regretting.
– if you are not a purist, finish in Newcastle centre, and then cycle to Wallsend? Or even better, carry on 7 miles to the coast.
I’m staying in Newcastle this evening and then making the journey back to Bowness on Sands to collect my car.
Thanks for following this mini-adventure!
Does anybody have any ideas for another walk – which would fit into my annual leave allowance?