A wet and very windy night, the tent was still standing in the morning and more importantly so were the trees we were camped under.
Another cloudy day and it remained very windy, with a few sprinkles of rain and a few glimpses of sunshine.
An anniversary day today, as is was 6 years today, Friday 13th May 2016 when we set out from John O’Groats for our JOGLE adventure.
Our first couple of miles were a woodland walk into Haltwhistle. As pointed out by our friend Tim, Haltwhistle is the centre of Britain, being 290 miles from both the south (Portland) and north (North Orkney) coast and 36.5 miles from both the east (Wallsend) and west (Bowness on Solway) coast. Several of the businesses use this on their signage.
Our next point of interest was Hadrians Wall, which we crossed at Cawfields Mile Castle – Number 42. As the name suggests there are castles all along the wall, approximately a mile apart, these allowed the soldiers to control the passage of people over the border. No soldiers there today fortunately, just lots of sheep. We have encountered a lot of sheep on the walk.
A bit of cross country walking took us to National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 68 which we followed through Kielder Water and Forest Park, England’s largest forest. We had some very long straight stretches of track, but at least we had a tail wind today.
The NCN takes us all of the way to Bellingham, gateway to Northumbria National Park, where we received a warm welcome from Dave at the Camping and Caravan Club site.