Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Hadrians Wall Charity Walk - Day One

A beautiful day to walk up the Tyne started with a foggy morning in Wallsend, but we knocked off the morning walk with ease. I was joined by Jack, James and Katie and we strode past the Segedunum Roman Fort and up through Walker and St Peters, with a passing nod to the famous Byker Wall. Then as the Quayside in Newcastle appeared in the distance we passed the Spillers and Baltic Flour Mills and surveyed the many bridges of the Tyne before us. Bacon and sausage butties all round followed a quick change before trips to the Freeman Hospital, the amazing Scottswood Community Garden and another Equal Pay Meeting in a cafe in Earl Street.
A good day but .... the weather forecast is for rain tomorrow, but a lovely weekend

The best news was that my friends at SCA, the local paper manufacturer in Prudhoe, have agreed to donate £500 to the Tynedale Hospice - one of the 2 charities I am supporting. The money is flooding in, on and offline, but all help is needed - these are two great causes.

Tomorrow we walk to Heddon on the Wall, passing the site of the famous Armstrong Works, where in the 1860s 20,000 men worked to create hydraulics, guns and warships; then on to Heddon and past the cottage where George Stephenson, the famous railway engineer, was born in a cottage next to the Wylam Waggonway.