Friday, 4 June 2021

The Walk - Day 1

Day 1 - Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend to Heddon- on- the- wall = 15 miles

After a night spent doing last minute planning and some first minute beer drinking, we set off for Newcastle. 

Dwix and I caught the train from Hexham at 07.31 and headed East, it would be our last day of heading East as the next five were going to have "West" written all over them!
Arriving at the Toon it was a short (if not overly complicated, we didn't get on the first train cos we were confused!! ) trip on the Metro to Wallsend, would of been nice to start at Wallstart but apparently we didn't quite name it that way!

We arrived at the start just before 9am. It was now or never....

As we walked along the Tyne, I couldn't help but think I wish had my rods with me!
We were soon seeing a familiar shape in front of us St James park and the Newcastle bridges.

We continued through the hustle and bustle of the city and said hello to Peter Beardsley as he walked past. It was enjoyable to be in familiar surroundings as I have walked along the river on my lunch break nearly every day for over 10 years. It's been a while since I was last in the office so it was nice to see the building still standing. 

We carried on the road and soon turned off to a greener part. Finally crossing over the A1 and entering Denton Dene. It was time for Dwix to change from trousers into shorts, so we stopped for lunch. 
Sandwiches eaten, we headed off. Following the river and walking through Tyne river park, it was getting more green. Some rowing clubs had impressive club houses on the banks of the Tyne.
We walked through a tree lined path and the shade was welcome. 
We arrived at Close house, the golf course looked impressive, the KEEP OUT! signs, less so! 
An up hill climb saw us approach Heddon. Some very large houses with lovely views

At 13.30 we arrived at The Three Tuns pub and its there that I am typing this. Looking forward to a chilled evening and day 2 tomorrow. 

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