30.08.2010 - 01.09.2010
On the morning of the 30th we left Fort William for Carlisle via Glasgow on the train. From Carlisle we took a bus to a small village called Greenhead, which is located near Hadrian's Wall. We checked into our accommodation, a bunk barn part of Holmhead Guest House, just outside of the village, surrounded by pastures for cows and sheep. Nearby was the ruins of a castle from the 12th century called Thirwall Castle, really just a small keep, which was built with stones from Hadrian's Wall. We had the barn to ourselves save for a resident cat called Figit who slept on Jade's slepping barn that night, which happened to be the coldest night we had endured in Britain - the first time Chris had been really cold in years. The next morning after breakfast at the Greenhead Inn, which is a great pub with a really nice owner, we began our 20km hike along Hadrian's Wall, which being a defensive barrier was built on the highest ground in the region, meaning that the walk consisted of going up and down steep hills for almost the entire time. The Wall was enjoyable (even with our packs), the views were great, and there were many ruins along the way including original sections of the Roman wall, milecastles, turrets, and a couple of average museums. We also came across two old forts, Housteads being by far the one with the largest remains including well preserved latrines. After about seven hours of hiking, we arrived at our accommodation the Old Repeater station, with was a bit noisy and had the smallest room we've ever slept in, but we managed to get a decent night's sleep. The morning of the 1st of September we took a ferry/cruise ship called the King of Scandanavia from Newcastle to Amsterdam, thus ending our trip in Britain.