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2015 Holiday to Hadrian's Wall

In June, a party of 29 spent 5 great days walking Hadrian's Wall and local scenery. Based at Gilsland Spa Hotel,we enjoyed good food, fellowship, fantastic weather and lovely walks.

Gilsland Spa Hotel
Gilsland Spa Hotel
Our holiday base had great scenery and grounds to explore
Taster Walk near hotel
Taster Walk near hotel
Our first walk of the week to enjoy local scenery and history
Foiled by broken stones
Foiled by broken stones
Our planned taster walk was foiled by broken stepping stones, which we decided were too risky for our first day
Spa History
Spa History
Gilsland has history as a spa--old well can provide both taste and smell of those times
The Popping Stone
The Popping Stone
Where Walter Scott proposed to his future wife. Jim & Hazel relive the occasion but only for our cameras!
Our first Wall Walk
Our first Wall Walk
On our first walk between Once Brewed and Housesteads, we quickly realised that path can be steep.
Path can be challenging
Path can be challenging
Walk along central section of Wall is very undulating with varied scenery on north and south aspects
Hadrian Wall Scenery
Hadrian Wall Scenery
In walking alongside the Wall, we find significant changes in scenery
Wall Stops
Wall Stops
Wall path has many places to stop for coffee or lunch
Very many Stiles
Very many Stiles
Surprise of the Wall Path are the many stiles to be crossed
Walking the Wall
Walking the Wall
Normally discouraged to walk on the old stones, but this section goes along top of the Wall
Not just stiles
Not just stiles
Gates through farm boundary walls also a feature of Wall Path
Forts, Turrets & Milestones
Forts, Turrets & Milestones
The path has very many places to visit--this is Vindalanda Fort. Impressive visitor centres add to pleasure of the walks
Wall or Crags
Wall or Crags
Clearly Hadrian knew what he was doing, as crags often provide natural defence with minimal need for walls
Robin Hood Tree
Robin Hood Tree
This section of Wall--Sycamore Gap--featured in the film with Kevin Costner rescuing a lad from the Normans
Many options for our group
Many options for our group
On our 3rd day, we split into smaller groups with this one concentrating on the historical sites with short walk
Stepping Stones Complete
Stepping Stones Complete
The short walk team find nice stepping stones, ignoring the bridge option
Thirlwall Castle
Thirlwall Castle
The short walk team visit this historic site
The Lanercost Walk
The Lanercost Walk
On 3rd day, 2nd team explored the area west of the hotel where great scenery found near Lanercost Priory
The Priory
The Priory
Story is that the priory was built with stones from Hadrian's Wall
"One Man went to mow..."
We enjoy some lovely meadows on walk along river from Lanercost
Shaky Bridge
Shaky Bridge
On Lanercost walk, we have to cross solid but nicely shaking bridge
And More Stiles
And More Stiles
Can never escape these on Hadrian's Wall Path
Cawfields
Cawfields
on 4th day, we enjoy more wall path walking and have lunch here before tackling second half of walk
Hot Lunch?
Hot Lunch?
Finding some shade for lunch at Cawfields was good idea as lovely sunny day
We almost lose half the group
We almost lose half the group
During moorland return from Cawfields, we get split up and find different ways to return!
Extra Walk to Birdoswald
Extra Walk to Birdoswald
on 5th day, those not returning early, enjoyed a lovely walk from hotel along Wall to Birdoswald fort
Willowford Bridge
Willowford Bridge
A huge Roman bridge once crossed river, whose route now changed
Wall Path very changeable
Wall Path very changeable
Despite only covering a fraction of the Hadrian's Wall Path, we find how different it can be with significant changes in terrain and scenery
The End of Great Walking Week
The End of Great Walking Week
the Friday team enjoy new bridge at Willowford before reaching final destination at Birdoswald
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