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Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Hadrians Wall Day 6 Carlisle to Bowness on Solway

After earning some good boy points by painting things, Maggie suggested that she’d like to visit her pal in Carlisle and then go shopping and if I wanted, she’d drop me off in Carlisle and pick me up again at the end.
So, she left me at the Sands Centre in Carlisle and I marched manfully Eastwards towards the final end (or the start, perhaps) of Hadrians Wall
This last section is reasonably pleasant and has at least three pubs, so its civilised too, if a bit hazy…
There’s a riverside path, then some cow fields with cows, a long, straight road with signposts whoch tell you how deep the water is when the tide comes in (3 feet at the most – so you shouldn’t drown) – and then, that’s basically it. You’re at the end with a pint of mild in your hand.
The locals are remarkably friendly, and quite a few had a nice greeting or a joke about the summer (it finally arrived at about 1:00 pm today). This must be a happy locality. The Solway coast is certainly a bit stark and beautiful. But there’s a certain relaxed sort atmosphere about the villages. You won’t get mugged here.
And the hedgerows are now absolutely heaving with berries and fruit of all kinds.
So I had a healthy, grazing sort of walk till I got to the Greyhound at Burgh by Sands where I spoiled it all by drinking several foaming pints of Black Sheep.
Outside the boozah, there were five men from Kent and a statue of Edward I with a sword. He died near here, apparently, just on his way to hammer the Scots once again, but leaving the job to his foppish son Edward II who buggerred it all up at Bannockburn and then, due to some other buggerry, was murdered with a red hot poker in exactly the place you don’t want a red hot poker.
None of this is at all relevant to this walk.
Maggie appeared just before Bowness on Solway and we went off to caldbeck for a nice dinner at the pub there.
And now we’re home.
14 miles and virtually no ascent at all – it’s a bit rolling at the most and often quite, quite flat.

So that’s Hadrians Wall eh? Two flat bits and a bumpy bit in the middle. It’s a good walk. Its very popular. You should enjoy it. Go do it. Buy the maps now and larn Geordie.
Anybody know what the mushroom is by the way?


Louise said...

Looks a bit like a Shaggy Parasol. Might need one of those if the weather's nice.
Was it a snack? The book says 'a minority suffer from digestive upset and a skin rash.' Sounds like fun.
Nice stroll though.

mike knipe said...

As I know nothing about wild mushrooms, Louise, I wouldn't dare take a bite.
I satisfy my Ray Mears urges by grazing on brambles and pints of Black Sheep and cheese sandwiches that I trap in public bars along the way using only the most basic currency.
I ought to try to learn more about mushrooms, really, though....

Rambling Pete said...

A nice ramble along Mike, and a bit of everything along the way.

Like you say - a very peaceful way to end or start the HW

That Black Sheeps very addictive I'd say

mike knipe said...

Hmm, yes, Pete, Black Sheep, tastes caramelly and warm...... its over the yardarm now, innit?

ukmase said...

Great read Mike, we are also looking at TGO 2010 - team of 4. First timers though so we may be back of the cue :-(

mike knipe said...

Actually, Paul, they do like to encourage first timers. I think about a hundred of the 360 were first timers in 2009.
So you never know...get the application in now!