Category Archives: Hadrian’s Wall Walk

Up on a hill…motte, actually

View from up on the motte to the north, You can see Scotland in the distance.

St. Mary’s is in Beaumont, Cumbria, in the north of England. We visited it while walking the Hadrian’s Wall Trail in 2018.

Here are a few more photos of the old church I showed in this morning’s Pull up a Seat. As I mentioned, I have a “thing” about old churches that are clearly very much still alive. I especially like the smaller ones, where you, in my mind anyway, feel the love and care of the centuries. They lift me up and create a sense of hope and perspective for the ability to come through strife.

The mechanism to lift up the lid on the baptismal font:

I was charmed by the bird shaped counter weight that was part of the mechanism for lifting the lid of the baptismal font.

For Becky of Winchester’s Square Up Challenge

Cross countryside

Countryside near Solway Firth, viewed from Boustead Hill, in Cumbria England.
View from Boustead hill north-ish across Solway Firth, the very distant land is Scotland.
Somewhere between Boustead hill and Carlisle.
Heading out into the countryside north-east of Carlisle.
Between Crosby-on Eden and Lanercost Abbey
The River Irthing from the Millenium Bridge between Birdoswald Fort and Gilsland.
Northumberland. I think these are from Windshield Crags (they might be Cawfield Crags).
View from Hotbank crags toward Cragfield Loch.
Countryside between Sewingshields and Brocolitia.
At Chester’s Fort in Chollerford looking toward the north fork of the Tyne River.
Farmland
More farmland
A creek flowing into the now very wide Tyne river as it approaches Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Last summer my husband and I walked across northern England on the Hadrian’s wall trail. The Lens Artists prompt: countryside, prompted me to go through my extensive collection of photos from that trip. There is one photo above from each day that is representative of the type of countryside we saw that day.

Where fairies live

Perhaps because we mostly have alder and evergreens locally I was quite fascinated by some of the trees, mostly I think they were sycamore, or plane trees, that we saw while walking Hadrian’s Wall National Trail in England last summer.

I think I love them because they remind me of fairy stories.

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #50: Trees

From Sea to Shining Sea

Our walk along Hadrian’s Wall Path last summer took us from Solway Firth on the west coast of England to (after a short metro ride from Wallsend) to the North Sea at Whitley Bay.

At the start of the 12 day walk we were up late (sunset was around 10 pm) and early, due to a combination of jet lag and adrenaline. The day after the walk we just went out after breakfast.

For Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week: horizons.

Back to the Wall

I never finished the series of posts I intended to write about walking Hadrian’s Wall last June. 

Here is a gallery of pictures from the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail between Housesteads Fort and Chester’s Fort.

In this stretch, while not including the highest point on the walk, it passes something equivalent to the Continental divide in North America, the texture of the clouds changed, and it got way less windy.

Sheep with its fleece being blown by the wind.
The wind blew so hard it was shearing the sheep.

Son of a Beach’s Which Way Photo Challenge