Stage 13: Greenhead to Bellingham — Pennine Way
komoot planned a hike.
May 28, 2019
Today is a real gem on the Pennine Way; the highlights are abundant and the landscape is picturesque.
The day begins with a brief descent to the ruins of Thirlwall Castle before a short but sharp ascent to the tall crags of Walltown Quarry, which was excavated by the Romans for stone to build Hadrian’s Wall.
Three miles (five kilometers) later you arrive at Aesica Roman Fort, built to guard Caw Gap where the Haltwhistle Burn crosses the Wall.
Continue past Milecastle 42 and onto the sheer cliffs of Steel Rigg, one of the most iconic sights along the wall.
From most iconic to most photographed, up next is Sycamore Gap; a wonderfully-positioned tree that has appeared in several movies and television shows.
The Pennine Way peels off Hadrian’s Wall just before Milecastle 37 and then it is a long slog through forest, farmland and moorland to Bellingham. Fortunately, you are predominantly descending from the wall.
Bellingham has a good range of places to eat, drink, stay, and shop.
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