St. Oswalds Way part 10 - Little Bavington to Heavens Field
Tue 8th April 2014
Sundace had been doing the old soft shoe shuffle once more but with a bit more determination as yes you have guessed correctly he has another set of boots that let the water in, but had he over done it? He had managed a dry walk on the Saturday were the rain gods going to let him get away with it again?
By 9.30am not only was every one ready even the buses where there as well. A short bus trip and we had arrived at Little Bavington. The route from here follows a minor road for nearly 5km. Mike had already been nagged about stopping for an eleven-is and suggested we stop at the first place where we were going to be sheltered from the wind. 4.8Km latter the spot had been found a small war memorial at a cross roads in the middle of now where.
After coffee we set off up - hill and after a couple of hundred meters we splashed our way through a field gate the first on many. We continued up - hill to the top of Todridge Fell and there enjoyed the views except for Mike who had been attacked by a midgy. We now walked down hill to Click’em in Farm and we were back on tarmac heading to Great Wittington looking for a lunch stop. Just before the village a handy wall with several tree stumps provided us with the ideal semi sheltered spot!
Just as we about to set off the first rain shower hit us, unfortunately we were walking into the wind which had again become stronger. Once more we left a hard surface and continued cross country to a derelict windmill. A path diversion took us a cross a footbridge that spanned the River Pont which was about 2m wide. After a brisk walk up hill and a gentle decent we arrived at the B6318 and Hadrian’s Wall Path which follows the line of the Roman Wall.
We turned West walked a short distance along the road before we climbed the first of about 32 styles in 9km. As we walked westward we could see showers heading our way, fortunately none of them lasted no more than 10 min’s The 1st highlight of the day was arriving at St. Oswald’s Café with 15min to go before it closed and sitting down to fresh coffee and cakes. After a short break we continued west for a short distance and reached the 2nd highlight of the day the little church at Heavens field and the end of for us of St. Oswald’s Way. Unfortunately we had a further 3km to go to reach the cars. So with determined stride we set off arriving back to at the cars some seven and half hours after leaving them.
Yes Sundance had done it his feet were still dry even if the day was not totally dry.
In Mikes quest to get back to Alston we are going to follow the wall for another days walk before heading south to Allendale and then joining Isaac’s Tea Trail. This is a circular walk From Allendale the route takes you to Nethead, Alston, Ninebanks and back to Allendale.