The Pennine Way, Day 13

Date: Wednesday 3 June 2015

Walked from: Alston, Cumbria 

Walked to: Greenhead, Northumberland

Distance: 16.5 miles

Stayed: Greenhead Hotel

Weather: Quite nice actually

What a difference a day makes! After the less than accommodating weather of yesterday, today’s 16.5 miles was dry above my head if not underfoot, and the wind dropped to boot. Hurrah!

Annette and I started the day by bumping into Ken as we were leaving Alston, and although we walked the first half of the day – through the farmland to the north of Alston and via the brilliantly named hamlet of Slaggyford – without him, we caught up over lunch at the Kirkstyle Inn at Knarsdale and walked the rest of the way to Greenhead together.

The highlight of my day was being immensely pleased with myself for navigating my way across the vast expanse of Blenkinsopp Common without getting lost, although sinking ankle deep in big and feeling the water pour in over the top of my boots seemed to be an unavoidable experience…

Thanks go to the friendly golfers of Haltwhistle Golf Club, who were very nice about the fact that we went slightly the wrong way across their greens at the end of what had been a pretty long day.


About silkakt

I love to explore countries on foot or by bicycle. An English woman, I moved to the south of Spain in September 2020 and I have dreams of encouraging more people to discover this amazing country by walking its various Camino routes. To date, I've walked the French Camino from St Jean in France, the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon (interior route, not coastal) and the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo. I have also walked a fair few long distance trails in the UK, including all of the National Trails in England and Wales, and a couple of long walks in beautiful Scotland.
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