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 on: August 28, 2015, 01:39:37 pm 
Started by JennieL - Last post by JennieL
A friend and I just walked the inland section (Helmsley to Saltburn by the Sea) and found the directions really clear and good. Also, the guidebook survived being used in very heavy rain on the first day: hooray!

Here's a couple of updates since the book was published: the Hambleton Inn, just east of Sutton Bank, has now closed: it's mentioned on pp24 and 27 as a source of food and drink, but the National Park Visitor Centre is only about 1 km further on. It's worth knowing about the recently reopened High Paradise Farm which has has B&B, camping, tea rooms and is only about 4 miles north of Sutton Bank, on the Cleveland Way.

Also, take heed from my daft mistake of not finding out the exact location of our B&B before setting off: because it had Cold Kirby in its address, we tramped around the village in the rain looking for it! Huh In fact, if we'd just kept going along the Way for another few miles we'd have passed it! Embarrassed

It may be worth reminding other "townies" that in rural parts a postcode can cover a huge area, and that postal addresses often include the name of a village that may be several miles away. Always ask your B&B host where it's best to leave the Way to reach them!

 on: July 18, 2015, 12:12:36 pm 
Started by JennieL - Last post by Buggiba
Thanks. I have sorted all accommodation and bag-carrying service myself. I find the kind of maps you mention OK for spreading out on a table at the beginning and end of the day, but far too cumbersome to refer to en route. I have managed to download some info from the Borders Abbeys Way website and hope this is good enough. We plan to commence and finish at Melrose, leaving us with a 10-mile last day walk from Selkirk. Looking forward to it.

 on: July 15, 2015, 08:20:41 am 
Started by JennieL - Last post by bsmyth
We did this walk in 2008 and from memory we may have had walking notes from Contours who organised the B and B and luggage transfer. However I can't lay my hands on any notes.They supplied us with four OS Explorer Maps which have the Borders Abbey Way route clearly marked except where it duplicates the St Cuthbert's Way e.g. when it leaves Melrose heading to the Eildons.
The map nos are 331 Teviotdale South (Hawick), 338 Galashiels, Selkirk and Melrose, 339 Kelso Coldstream and Lower Tweed Valley and OL16 The Cheviot Hills Jedburgh and Wooler. Hope this helps.

 on: July 13, 2015, 09:33:15 am 
Started by JennieL - Last post by Buggiba
Following the advice of B Smyth I am taking on the Borders Abbeys Way in August 2015, over 4 days. Being circular is a big advantage. There is a distinct lack of mapping, either RR or Footprint, for this walk but I am assured that way-marking is good. (Perhaps an addendum could be placed in the St Cuthbert's Way RR!!!) Accommodation and bag-carrying service is booked or reserved. Sadly no bunkhouses or hostels so reliant on B+B's alone. I will report back on completion of this amble.

 on: May 30, 2015, 08:15:07 am 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Jacquetta
That's splendid news, Buggiba: what a wonderful collection of names, steeped in brewing history! It's enough to tempt me back even without the challenge of walking the Path!

So glad to hear that real ale is alive and well in Hadrian's Wall country. Cheesy

 on: May 28, 2015, 02:11:56 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
Good news: All of the pubs/hotels we visited offered real ale.
Bad news: We didn't have time to visit any pubs in Newcastle but they are many and various.

Highland Laddie Inn, Glasson, listed in the 2015 GBG. Green King IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Timothy Taylor Landlord. Excellent
Kings Arms, Bowness-on-Solway. Jennings Cock-a-hoop and Marstons New World Pale Ale.
Hope and Anchor, Port Carlisle. Hesket Newmarket Mild and 6.3 bitter.

The Stag, Low Crosby. Jennings Cumberland Ale, Wychwood Fiddlers Elbow and Settle Brewing Co Classic. Knowledgeable landlord.

Greenhead Hotel, Greenhead. Listed in 2014 GBG. Jarrow Rivet Catcher, Jarrow Joblings Swinging Gibbet and Hesket Newmarket High Pike.

The Crown, Humshaugh. Thwaites Lancaster Bomber, High House Farm (1) Nel's Best and (2) Scotty's Forst.

Three Tuns, Heddon-on-the-Wall. Licksys Dimples.
The Swan, Heddon-on-the Wall. Black Sheep Bitter, Sharps Doom Bar, Taylor Landlord.

We collected our bags at the end of Hadrian's Wall Path from the Hadrian's Lodge Hotel, approx. half-a-mile from the end. Bar was closed but appeared to lack any hand pulls at all.

 on: May 28, 2015, 01:51:03 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
Finally the day arrived, Saturday 16th May 2015 and, together with my son-in-law, I set off for Port Carlisle, where our first night's accommodation was arranged. We duly arrived at Kirkland House about 7pm to be shown the camping barn, which was, in effect, a room with a large wooden stage. No bunks or beds or mattresses. The other facilities were good, however, and the owner quickly offered to provide blankets to soften our slumbers. We then set off to walk the 1.5 miles to Bowness-on-Solway and back, to negate the need to do this the following morning. A pleasant evening stroll to the start/finish of the Hadrian's wall Path. The official start/finish is at a 'bus shelter-like' building off the main road.

Sunday 17th May 2015. Up at 5am with a 24-mile hike in front of us. Walking at 6.05. Some intermittent showers and sunny spells greeted our long walk along the coast road to Burgh. A diversion followed as a result of a landslip so we enjoyed more road walking around Kirkandrews-on-Eden. After a pleasant river walk around Carlisle, passing the castle, we stopped for a break at Crosby where a warm welcome for Hadrian's Wall Walkers was assured. It seemed like a long last 6 miles to Sandysike Farm where we found an excellent bunkhouse with a real fire and comfy beds. An early night followed Smiley.

Monday 18th May 2015. A lie-in today till 7am as we only had 11 miles to walk Cheesy. Set off at 8.30am in rain Sad. A climb up to Banks and then a straightforward amble, in heavy showers, to our overnight accommodation at Greenhead. An excellent hotel and hostel.

Tuesday 19th May 2015. This was it. A 16-mile walk over the highest ground of the entire path. Up at 5am and walking at 6. Still raining. Early climb over Walltown Crags and then an almighty prolonged hail shower as we ascended Winshield Crags. Thank god the wind was behind us Grin. Another hail shower after our lunch stop at Housesteads as we scaled Sewingshields Crags. Lots of walkers coming towards us walking in to these showers amazed that we were doing it the other way. Hated telling them that they were walking in to a thunderstorm that was slowly following us Shocked. We arrived at our overnight stop at Greencarts Farm just before the heavens opened. My sympathies to those still out walking. The lady owner here pleasingly offered to drive us to the local pub and back so that we could obtain an evening meal. Graciously accepted.

Wednesday 20th May 2015. What a difference a day makes. Up at 5am and walking at 6.15. No waterproofs today as the weather is set fair. A steep climb out of Chollerford over St Oswald's Hill and then pretty level, following the road most of the way to Heddon-on-the-Wall. 19 miles finished by 2pm. The last bit was tedious with loads of ladder stiles.

Thursday 21st May 2015. Last day, only 15 miles, and either downhill or level. Not as easy as it sounds Angry. Up at 5am once more and walking by 5.45 Huh. Quickly on to the Wylam Waggonway and then riverside into Newcastle. Flat but hard-going and tedious. Still 5 miles left as we exit Newcastle and little to stimulate conversation or interest. Coming on to rain again. Arrived at Segedunum Museum about 1130 am. No start/finish marker here, other than the museum and viewing platform Sad. Nevertheless 86 miles completed with no blisters.

Overview: The first and last days are mostly flat and could be boring. The way-marking is excellent overall. The hardest portion of the Path is, undoubtedly, the climbs up, over and down the crags. Some steep and slippery sections too. Anyone taking on this hike should certainly consider doing it west to east. I must have been told 20+ times by walkers coming from the Newcastle direction that 'we had the weather behind us'. I told them that I had planned it this way. It would appear that a lot of the 'organised' tours do start from Newcastle.

 on: May 07, 2015, 06:40:11 am 
Started by admin - Last post by admin
This topic has been moved to Causeway Coast Way.


 on: May 03, 2015, 04:46:56 pm 
Started by sue k - Last post by Jacquetta
Great if others can comment on this too, but my own view is that you could walk this route in either direction. You are less likely to have the wind in your face if you go west to east, and the star attraction of Giant's Causeway falls in the middle either way.  We arranged the book so that anybody completing the Moyle Way at Ballycastle could follow on either with Rathlin Island or the Causeway Coast Way, but that is irrelevant to your plans.

By the way, I don't think the WalkNI website does the route any favours by describing it as a two-day walk. Of course most people could cover the distance in that time, but what's the point of rushing through Ireland's only natural World Heritage Site without having time to explore it? I do hope you allow yourself the three days that we suggest for the route, especially when you remember the possible constraint of tide times affecting both ends of White Park Bay: see page 47 of our guidebook.

 on: May 03, 2015, 04:26:29 pm 
Started by sue k - Last post by sue k
My daughter and I are planning to walk the Causeway Coast Way next month. I have the trusty Rucksack Reader to guide us, but I have found details of the route on  www.walkni.com which suggest walking from west to east rather than the opposite direction as suggested by the Rucksack Reader. Does anyone know which direction is preferable? We aim to stay overnight and walk on Rathlin Island on our last day, so it seems practical to walk from Portstewart in the west to Ballycastle in the east and then hop on the ferry to Rathlin. Has anyone walked this route?
Happy walking again  Cheesy

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