It seems we’ve been really fortunate with our b&b accommodation bookings because you don’t really know what you’re going to get until you get there.
The impressive Saughy Rigg was no exception. A farmhouse come barn conversion set up operating as well as any small hotel with its restaurant and bar.
With a full breakfast inside us we were transported to our starting point of the Pennine Way with a bus load of people doing the Hadrians Wall trail.
The Wall trail appeared very popular, akin to the M1 of national trails. A short but energetic stiff up and down opening two miles saw us complete our section on the wall before we headed north into the forest.
The forest of Northumberland National Park provided cool shelter from the warm midday sun.
The ground in the shade proving boggy in parts, which gave Harv the opportunity to show off his brake dancing technique as he struggled to traverse a log straddling a bog.
Unfortunately the “wee beasties” were taking a liking to me and I was starting to regret wearing my shorts as I was getting a few bites on my legs.
Harvey was walking well and he told me his feet at last were feeling good – it’s only taken 200+ miles!!!
Today was the first time for over a week that we’d met any other PW walkers, but these were walking from the other direction and were only just into it.
Our path took us over undulating farmland terrain and over Shitlington Crags to get us within sight of our next destination – Bellingham.
A short stroll into the sleepy village found us at the Cheviot Hotel, which again looks a comfortable stopover venue. Now looking forward to our last well earned rest day before we have to attempt the strenuous assault of the Cheviots.
Only 42 miles to go!
By Paul Courtney.