Distance 15.66 miles, cumulative 479.48 miles, time 6 hrs 15 mins, walking time 5hrs 15 mins, Pace 3 mph. Camped Demesne Farm.
A shorter day today through part of Kielder Forest and over moorland to Bellingham, the ‘capital of North Tyne’.
Kielder forest is the largest forest in Britain and one of the largest manmade forests in Northern Europe. The moorland was similar to Dartmoor with occasional granite outcrops. We did not get the best views as it remained misty all day.
We passed a total of seven walkers and we had a chat with some of them which explains our slower pace today. The walkers we chatted to were all walking the Pennine Way south to north. We expected a heavier footfall once we were on the PW but so far it has been very quiet.
We saw several deer.
Most importantly of all the coop in Bellingham stocked Ginger Nuts (see yesterday).
No mobile signal meant Steve had to get reacquainted with the frustrations of using a public phone box to book forward accommodation. No wonder so many phone boxes are vandalised.