Pennine Way Day 13 - Greenhead to Bellingham

Saturday 8th July 2023

Pennine Way (North) Day 4 - Greenhead to Bellingham

This was certainly a day of two halves again, we had such an enjoyable time in the morning walking along Hadrians Wall as we spent about 5 hours admiring the history of the place, chatting to folk and taking photographs. A fantastic walk up and down the stiff little climbs as the wall hugs the escarpment all the way to Rapishaw Gap where we turn north and say farewell to this amazing Roman wall.

The next 14 miles are generally forgettable as we trudged through forestry paths surrounded by the tree stumps of the ongoing forestry felling work. The remainder of this stretch covers very isolated pasture, farmland and quiet tracks. A long hard day was had and we were pleased to reach Bellingham at 7pm with the last 5 miles being the most tiresome of the whole walk in my opinion, with nothing much to admire and running on empty.

Our arrival at Bellingham in the Cheviot Hotel was greeted with a warning that if we didn't get down and have our food ordered by 7:50pm, then we would go hungry. So our usual unwind with a cuppa was ditched and it was a quick smarten up and then out for the Saturday night.

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Distance: 23.4 miles
Duration: 10:00 hours
Ascent: 3917 ft
Difficulty: Tough
Accompanied By: Davy
Weather: Warm with Sunny Intervals

3D outline of route