The Pennine Way Part 2 Small Cleugh to Greenhead
Tue 10th May 2011
Sunday 05.30 torrential, rain is the walk going to be on?
6.30 still raining BUT not as heavy, 07.30 still raining, 07.45 Longframlington rain and fog!
Come on Sundance what’s happened to the old soft shoe shuffle?
09.15 Greenhead sunshine brilliant.
As we started to kit up ready to get on the minibus Mike discovered that he had left his boots at home (A Senior moment perhaps?). Oh dear never mind but he had brought his waterproof socks.
By 10.00 we were on route to the starting point but took a somewhat devious route, you can guess who was navigating, yes Mike.
We left the minibus and a short climb brought us back on to the Pennine Way (PW) time for a group photo, whose camera batteries and spares had gone flat, yes you’ve got it, Mike’s.
So after a quick witter we started heading north along the PW which also followed the line of a Roman road now known as the Maiden Way. We left the Maiden Way just west of Lambley crossed the A689 and continued to walk north to the Hartleyburn, where we stopped for lunch (an early lunch for Mike 12.00).
After lunch we headed for the farm of Batey but had to stop to put on our waterproofs as a fierce rain squall came over, but by the time some had struggled in to full waterproofs the rain had almost stopped, about 10 minutes later it had.
A gentle climb lead on to what is a very bleak section of the walk but in its own way it had a splendid sense of isolation, but also a feeling of a lonely beauty. The path was non existent and Mike just wandered about in a general NW direction and upwards although by his way of thinking this was not up but flat.
By now all the group had come to the conclusion that if Mike says that this is the last hill you can guarantee that there will be another. At the trig point on Blenkinsopp Moor the sound of silence was lost to the sound of traffic on the A69.
We descended down to the A69 and then had the most dangerous part of the day if not on the whole of the PW to Byrness, by crossing the A69. After crossing a couple of fields we then followed the line of the Roman Wall through the golf course down to Thirwall and the cars.