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on the following morning which this time of year means slurry so we were thankful for our mudguards, over shoes and pannier covers! With the Pennine Fells to our right we ticked off the quiet small villages of Long Marton and Skirwith. From Langwathby we firstly took the B road to Lazonby and then switched sides of the valley following the hilly lane through Staffield to Armathwaite. In this latter section the views of the river, deep in a gorge below had a certain wow factor, the trees on the banks of the river resplendent in their various golden tones. Taking the lane through Holmwrangle and Castle Carrock the relatively easy gradient quickly took us to the small town of Brampton. It was then out of town pass


Lanercost Priory to Banks to pick up the lane that runs parallel with Hadrian’s Wall and following it eastwards to Greenhead. This was our first visit to this well know monument and we weren’t disappointed. There were plenty of places to stop and view including Birdoswald Roman Fort but alas we had to get some cycling done to get to our destination at Kellah a tricky few miles to the south. Sunday morning brought brighter conditions and we rode first to the nearby South Tyne and the delightful arched 18th century Featherstone Bridge before heading to Haltwhistle. The odd place name is old English and nothing to do with trains although the old station is well worth a visit, the signal box, water tower and


other structures are well preserved. It is just a few short miles to Once


Brewed back on the line of Hadrian’s Wall and here we stowed away the tandem at our accommodation and took our cycle shoes for a walk. The section from Steel Rigg going east to Houseteads Roman Fort is perhaps the most recognised and with clear sunny views over Crag Lough and Hotbank crags you can see why. Sadly this had to be the end of our tour and retiring to the Twice Brewed Inn we reflected on a memorable trip with some notable climbs, lovely seasonal weather, history and stunning scenery in the North Pennines. If we’d carried on, the forecast for the next few days, dry and sunny, c’est la vie!


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