10th November 2019 - Stage 7. Haltwhistle to Hayden Bridge.

Another day out and another stage completed. 
A full squad and an early start again. We me at Hayden Bridge where we left my car before heading to Haltwhistle to start our walk.

This stage of the walk involved a lot of road walking, so not as many things to see today. 
Thankfully we were extremely lucky with the weather. The forecast earlier in the week had predicted a lot of rain but we were so grateful that we didn't see a drop! 
I had expected cold conditions so had wrapped up with many layers of thermals, hat, scarf etc but by the halfway point, most of these were off and in my bag. 

There had been a lot of rainfall throughout the week so the sections that weren't on the road were very muddy. 
We made it to Bardon Mill and decided to stop off for our lunch break and a cold pint. We opted to sit outside as it was such a lovely day, and we felt we were all far too muddy to go inside, especially the Hairy Hiker!

 After a quick lunch break we set off again.

As the bridge at All…

20th October 2019 - Stage 6. Alston to Haltwhistle

Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Autumn

A two month break from our walk and summer has since long gone.
On this stretch of the route we have been spoilt with some beautiful autumnal views. Our camera phones really don't do the colours justice.

We had a full squad today and the Hairy Hiker was joined by his trusty friends, Helen, Phil and myself.
We first met at Haltwhistle, where we left my car and piled into Phil's to drive over to our starting point in Alston. Luckily Phil made the wise choice of not parking in the train station car park, which closed at 5pm and instead parked on the road outside the cafe. We weren't back by 5pm so a very wise decision indeed!

 Whilst planning our day and reading the guide we quickly discovered there was an option to ride the narrow gauge railway from Alston. We all agreed this was an opportunity that couldn't be missed. Who doesn't love a ride on an old train?
We had a few different options of how far to travel on the train and …

25th August 2019 - Stage 5. Source of River South Tyne to Alston

'Only Mad Dogs and Englishmen!'
So here we are again. After what has felt like forever, we eventually managed to get our boots back on and complete some more of this wonderful walk. Sadly, due to work commitments, Helen, our third musketeer and resident photographer couldn't join us this time. 
Phil, myself and the Hairy Hiker met at Alston early doors. We left my car there and headed to the starting point in Phil's car. Although it was still quite early it was already very warm. Little did we know how warm the day was actually going get....
We made a mistake at the very beginning and set off along the left hand, narrower path which took us down a hill towards some buildings. It took us 10 minutes to realise we were going the wrong way and we had to walk all the way back to the start and start again!
The walk to the source was a pleasant one, albeit quite steep in places. The footpath was relatively busy with dog walkers and cyclists enjoy the sunny morning. The Hairy …