Cycling the Reivers Way, the C2C and part of Hadrian's Wall
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We get started Sunday 9 September 2007: 42-miles grade mild-C
Sandy and Ron were very kind to allow us to leave our car at their home in Ponteland. The Reivers Way passes right through Ponteland!
Ron cycled with us as far a Stamfordham - he took this photo and then we went our separate ways
At times the route diminished to nothing more than a field!
And at times became quite bemusing!
Julie, as ever, keeps on smiling through
The trail did improve
The trail brings us down to Bellingham
The Blackcock at Falstone (near Kielder reservoir) - where we spent Sunday night
Monday morning we climb out of Falstone on route for Longtown: 40-miles grade mild-C
Past Kielder Reservoir - Europe's largest manmade lake
Cycling the north side of Kielder Reservoir - very nice
Quiet tracks through Kielder Forest
And north to cross the border
A glorious day: an Indian summer
As the day progresses we start to head south again
Julie is very happy about defeating a 17% hill!
After a great day, we spend Monday night at the Graham Arms Hotel, Longtown
We join the Hadrian's Wall route heading to Bowness-on-Solway: 41-miles grade hard-B. The line of Hadrian's Wall is straight ahead in this photo, under the minor road
We pass the air museum at Carlisle
In Carlisle the way gets steep!
700 years ago, 7 July 1307, Edward I (Longshanks) dies of dysentery here on the Solway aged 68
The modern bronze statue commemorating Edward I death 700 years ago
This section of the road to Bowness-on-Solway can get a bit tricky
Know your Tide Tables!
Nearly there! The line of Hadrian's Wall runs across this image approximately 50m from the road
Our night's stop on the west coast
Kings Arms, Bowness-on-Solway: a pub with an interesting slant on pets!
Wednesday morning we set off south for a few miles before heading back to the east. At 45 miles grade average-C; this will be our longest day
A welcome break at Wallace Lane, 4 miles southeast of Wigton
And then to Cumbria and the Caldbeck Fells
Through Hesket Newmarket
And on, and on
Until finally, Greystoke, our Wednesday night stop
Thursday morning we set off on one of the two hard climbing days: 31-miles, 3200ft of accent, grade average-D(71W+3) to Garrigill
Running repairs at Langwathby
Rest, and a cup of tea, at a working water driven flourmill in Little Salkeld
Through Long Meg megalithic stone circle
Lamas! Very cute
Hartside pass, here we come
We made it!
But only just
Leaving Hartside summit, and downhill all the way to Garrigill
On to Garrigill in the North Pennines: 30 miles and 3200ft of climbing behind us!
Friday morning, and it's more up hill. This will be the second of our two hard climbing days: 30-miles, accent 3840ft, grade Ex(82W+11) to Blanchland
Down into Nenthead
And into Northumberland
And into County Durham
And up Crawleyside bank! Julie's SoH is fading fast!
The view north looking over much of our first day's cycling
And finally we make it: 30 miles and 3800-odd ft of climbing! The Lord Crew Arms, Blanchland, where we will wine and dine, and sleep. And sleep we certainly did!
The Crypt Bar
Well I deserve it!
Next day, Saturday, we start our last leg back to Newcastle: 41-miles grade average-C
On the outskirts of Hexham, near Newcastle, the signs of autumn
And finally back to where we started: 272 miles and 21000ft later!