Over the Pennines to Hexham

These last three days have seen the hardest stretch of walking on the pilgrimage. We have been walking along the edge of the Whin Sill which the Romans used to save digging a ditch on the northern side of Hadrian’s Wall. It has been very scenic countryside and we have met plenty of walkers who are ‘doing’ the Wall from east to west. Quite a number have been from Europe and it seems fitting in a way that the Auxilliaries in the Roman Army who manned the Wall came from various parts of the Roman Empire and would speak their own language as well as being drilled in Latin so they could understand their commanding Legionaries.

Children's 'Roman soldier training' at Birdoswald
Children’s ‘Roman soldier training’ at Birdoswald
John with others on the Wall
John with others on the Wall

We have also met people from UK. Who have expressed interest in what we are doing including Chris and Dorothy whom we have known quite a number of years (who now live in Hexham). Hi too to Beccy and Brad (once workers for Christian Aid), the group of Alston walkers, Karen Brewis, Richard and Angela Kempson, Linda and Graham Jones, Melissa and Duncan who have kindly donated to Christian Aid (thank you both) and the Northallerton Ramblers. Thanks for your interest and support.

Upon our arrival in Hexham in bright sunshine we were welcomed into the town by Christine enjoying a rest on a bench and into the Abbey by the lady on duty and by Jane and Phil in the parish office

The weather has been most kind. As we have watched the forecast on the telly – it seems marvellous how the heavy overnight rain has cleared just in time for us to set off again.


Miles walked so far – 45

Churches visited so far – open 5     locked 2     Roman Temple of Mithras 0

Kissing gates – 24

Trig points – 3

Accompanying walkers 0

Scrabble – Nancy 2  John 1


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