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    Rob approaching Carlisle on Day One
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    The monument to King Edward 1st
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    Fortified Farmhouse on the route
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    Day 6) Heddon-on-the-Wall to Wallsend

    by into-thin-air Written Nov 23, 2010

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    This section is normally 15 miles (24 km) long but as we had walked 4 miles beyond Heddon-on-the-Wall the day before it only left a very manageable 11 miles to walk to Wallsend for our last day.
    The route mainly follows the River Tyne on paved paths so is a bit harder on the feet than the rest of the route. You are now away from the original route of the wall but never-the-less the signed way is still interesting as it passes all the bridges and old shipyards on the way tot the finishing point.
    To many snack/ lunch stops to mention – But as it is such a short day you might as well take advantage of them :-)

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    Day 5) Chollerford - Heddon-on-the-Wall

    by into-thin-air Written Nov 23, 2010

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    This section is normally 15.5 miles (24.9 km) long. but as we were 2 miles short of Chollerford the night before and this night our accommodation would be 4 miles beyond Heddon-on-the-Wall made it by far our longest day at 21.5 miles.
    Fortunately for us we had now left the main of the undulations behind us and although the route was anything but flat we managed to make good progress and all enjoyed our days walking. The weather had improved slightly and the route took us through some delightful countryside and although sightings of the wall itself diminished as the day went on there were enough interesting things to see en-route to keep us well occupied.
    Several choices of lunch-stops and as this was our penultimate day we treated ourselves to a Pub Lunch !!

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    Day 4) Steel Rigg - Chollerford

    by into-thin-air Updated Nov 23, 2010

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    This section is normally 12 miles (19 km) long but as we were 3 miles short of Steel Rigg the night before and this night our accommodation would be 2 miles short of Chollerford this adds one mile making it a 13 mile day.
    Normally you would think this would be another easy days walking but it is incredibly undulating, Keith had a GPS with him and we clocked more than 4,000 feet of ascent and descent on this day so it was easy to see why we were all a bit tired at the end of it !!
    Never-the-Less yet another very pleasant days walking and the path again went alongside Hadrian’s Wall and through some Beautiful rugged countryside. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t as kind to us as the day before so the views, although still spectacular unfortunately don’t show up as well in the photos.
    No availability of lunch / snack stops on this day so make sure you pack something !!

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    Day 3) Walton - Steel Rigg

    by into-thin-air Written Nov 23, 2010

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    This section is normally 16.25 miles (26.15 km) long but as our chosen accommodation was 3 miles short of Steel Rigg making this a 13.25 mile day
    Another very pleasant days walking and this time the path went alongside Hadrian’s Wall and through some Beautiful countryside. However the route started to undulate so what initially would appear to be another easy days walking is a little harder than you might initially think.
    The obvious lunch stop is Gilsland – This has all facilities including a delightful tearoom
    This section is 11 miles (18 km) long.) And the shortest section that we walked, again a fairly easy underfoot.
    The route takes you out of Carlisle through pleasant parks, again initially following the River Eden, and then crosses the M6 Motorway and skirts through several small villages before reaching Walton.
    Limited opportunities of lunch / snack breaks at a farm with a purpose built self service facility as well as a scattering of honesty boxes

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    Day 2) Carlisle - Walton

    by into-thin-air Written Nov 23, 2010

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    This section is 11 miles (18 km) long.) And the shortest section that we walked, again a fairly easy underfoot.
    The route takes you out of Carlisle through pleasant parks, again initially following the River Eden, and then crosses the M6 Motorway and skirts through several small villages before reaching Walton.
    Limited opportunities of lunch / snack breaks at a farm with a purpose built self service facility as well as a scattering of honesty boxes

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    Day 1) – Port Carlisle to Carlisle

    by into-thin-air Updated Nov 23, 2010

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    This section is 14.75 miles (23.74 km) and a fairly easy start to your walk. As we had walked the short section from Bowness-on-Solway to Port Carlisle the previous evening we had a small head start. Initially the route follows the Solway Firth and then heads inland close to The River Eden.
    None of the Wall can be seen but there are enough sites of interest to make it a worthwhile days walking including the monument to King Edward 1st who died at Burgh-by-Sands in 1307 whilst leading a campaign against Robert the Bruce.
    A fairly flat days walking, mainly on good paths, Limited opportunities of lunch breaks at places like Burgh-by-Sands as well as a scattering of honesty boxes

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    Splitting the walk into stages

    by into-thin-air Updated Nov 23, 2010

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    The following Sports Travel tips are how we decided to break the 84 miles down into stages, The main consideration here is Accommodation, I initially started off with wanting to split the walk into as equal parts as possible, but due to accommodation constraints this is what we ended up with.

    If I were to mention ONE thing, That would be the sooner you start to book your accommodation the better as then you will be more likely to find availability in your first choice places, Accommodation is Limited , Especially during the middle stages of the route, so once these have been booked up you then have little choice other than finding alternatives that may well be a considerable distance of the route !!

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