Hadrian's Wall - Steel Rigg to Housesteads
Tue 30th August 2016
Our party of seven keen walkers – five men and two springer spaniels (Jumble and Smudge) – met on time at 10.00am at Steelrigg car park and in glorious sunshine and with no wind set off following the Hadrians Wall path to the roman fort of Housesteads. An early climb quickly had our hearts pumping but the breathtaking views in every direction made the exertion worthwhile.
The iconic spot that is Sycamore Gap was reached and photos taken. The trail closely followed “the wall” to Housesteads - towering over Crag Lough lake and undulating in line with the contours of the whin sill. Lunch was enjoyed at the point where the return journey began in the lea of the wall and with a fine view of Kielder forest in the distance.
The mainly level path back to the car park afforded wonderful views of the wall and gave Mark the opportunity to lead us through a reed bog – for the benefit of Jumble and Smudge he explained!
A thoroughly enjoyable walk in excellent company was capped with a well deserved drink in the Twice Brewed inn.