22nd May 2018
Weather: Cloudy and cool in the morning. Sunshine from 12:00, comfortably warm.
With just 8 miles to do today, for once I had a slow breakfast. After a food shop sat on a bench on the green. Examining the 1:25k map I discovered the South Tyne Trail between Alston and Haltwhistle, not shown as footpath on 1:50k: it will shave off 6.5 miles, 500m ascent, a whole 3.5 hours walking time to Once Brewed! Possibly
For today, set off walking 12:30, and a huge contrast to yesterday’s bleak moors and heat. Green fields, alongside the river Tees. Lots of flowers (more pictures on the full set than shown below), waterfalls. Much cooler. Timed arrival at hostel perfectly for 5pm and a long restful evening, although a walk along road to hotel for a meal. Clouds on the felltops, sunshine across the meadows of upper Teesdale. Beautiful
After the pub: in the hostel 5 men who walked from Tan Hill Inn today. A “short day” they said: previous day walked from HIR to Tan Hill. Headed to Alston tomorrow, via Dufton. One day to my two! Even though they are getting luggage couriered, still amazing.
A 6-bed dorm all to myself
Path through bluebells
Flower 1 to name
Flower 2 to name
Not an early purple I think
This elaborate arrangement on a tree
Caddis-fly rock art
Looking SE from Langdon Beck bridge
12:30 to 17:00