Cycling the Reivers Way, the C2C and part of Hadrian’s Wall

Route difficulty calculated using cycalc

 

 

We get started Sunday 9 September 2007: 42-miles grade C+

Sandy and Ron were very kind to allow us to leave our car at their home in Ponteland. The Reivers Way passes right through Ponteland!

 

Ron cycled with us as far a Stamfordham – he took this photo and then we went our separate ways…

 

At times the route diminished to nothing more than a field!

 

And at times became quite bemusing!

 

Julie, as ever, keeps on smiling through…

 

The trail did improve…

 

The trail brings us down to Bellingham…

 

The Blackcock at Falstone (near Kielder reservoir) – where we spent Sunday night

 

Monday morning we climb out of Falstone on route for Longtown: 40-miles grade C+.

 

Past Kielder Reservoir – Europe’s largest manmade lake…

 

Cycling the north side of Kielder Reservoir – very nice…

 

Quiet tracks through Kielder Forest…

 

And north to cross the border…

 

A glorious day: an Indian summer…

 

As the day progresses we start to head south again…

 

Julie is very happy about defeating a 17% hill…

 

After a great day, we spend Monday night at the Graham Arms Hotel, Longtown…

 

We join the Hadrian’s Wall route heading to Bowness-on-Solway: 43-miles grade C-. The line of Hadrian’s Wall is straight ahead in this photo, under the minor road…

 

We pass the air museum at Carlisle…

 

In Carlisle the way gets steep!

 

700 years ago, 7 July 1307, Edward I (Longshanks) die’s of dysentery here on the Solway aged 68…

 

The modern bronze statue commemorating Edward I death 700 years ago…

 

This section of the road to Bowness-on-Solway can get a bit tricky…

 

Know your Tide Tables!

 

Nearly there! The line of Hadrian’s Wall runs across this image approximately 50m from the road…

 

Our night’s stop on the west coast…

 

Kings Arms, Bowness-on-Solway: a pub with an interesting slant on pets!

 

Wednesday morning we set off south for a few miles before heading back to the east. At 46 miles grade C+; this will be our longest day…

 

A welcome break at Wallace Lane, 4 miles southeast of Wigton…

 

And then to Cumbria and the Caldbeck Fells…

 

Through Hesket Newmarket…

 

And on, and on…

 

Until finally, Greystoke, our Wednesday night stop…

 

Thursday morning we set off on one of the two hard climbing days: 30-miles grade D- to Garrigill.

 

Running repairs at Langwathby…

 

Rest, and a cup of tea, at a working water driven flourmill in Little Salkeld…

 

Through Long Meg megalithic stone circle…

 

Lamas! Very cute…

 

Hartside pass, here we come…

 

We made it!

 

But only just…

 

Leaving Hartside summit, and downhill all the way to Garrigill…

 

On to Garrigill in the North Pennines: 30 miles and 3500ft of climbing behind us!

 

Friday morning, and it’s more up hill. This will be the second of our two hard climbing days: 30-miles grade C+ to Blanchland.

 

Down into Nenthead…

 

And into Northumberland…

 

And into County Durham…

 

And up Crawleyside bank! Julie’s SoH is fading fast…

 

The view north looking over much of our first day’s cycling…

 

And finally we make it: 30 miles and 5000ft of climbing! The Lord Crew Arms, Blanchland, where we will wine and dine, and sleep. And sleep we certainly did!

 

The Crypt Bar…

 

Well I deserve it!

 

Next day, Saturday, we start our last leg back to Newcastle: 41-miles grade C.

 

On the outskirts of Hexham, near Newcastle, the signs of autumn…

 

And finally back to where we started: 272 miles and 21000ft later…

 

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