Group Champions Sponsored Walk of Hadrian's Wall

Steve Cooper and Christopher Otter, both of Dinorben Lodge No. 8580 completed the walk of Hadrian’s Wall starting on Monday 16th May and finishing on Friday 20 May, distance 84 miles.

“We caught the 6.20 am train from Abergele on the Monday traveling to Newcastle and Wallsend via Manchester and York. We arrived in Wallsend at about 11 am and started our walk straight away (photo 1). We soon joined another group walking dressed as WW2 soldiers (photo 2) who were escorted by two local police officers, see photo to see why this was necessary (military uniforms and with deactivated/dummy guns). They were members of a re-enactment society raising money for the treatment of a daughter of one of them. One of them was a Freemason.

Our first night stop was at a village pub in Wylam a mile away from George Stephenson’s birthplace. The second day’s walk was mainly through the field and following the main road (photo 3) to Chollerford.

The third day was the hilly part of the walk but the wall was more prominent (photos 4 & 5). At the end of this day, we got a taxi to the Gilsland Spa Hotel as it was a few miles off the path. Our fourth day was more downhill and later following the River Eden (photo 5a) to Crosby on Eden, notice we did not have rucksack, the weight of the full pack was wearing us down so we paid a taxi to take them ahead for us.

The last day took us through Carlisle along the river Eden and the Solway Estuary to Bowness on Solway via Burgh by Sands where King Edward 1 was killed (photo 6, plaque was unveiled by HRH Duke of Kent on the 700th anniversary of his death), and Port Carlisle (photo 7) to the finish (photo 8). If anyone would like any more information about this walk please contact Steve Cooper, email address: cooperts@tiscali.co.uk

The walk raised a total of  £555 from the Lodges and Chapters in the Dyffryn Clwyd Group (4) towards the 2017 Festival.

Group Champions Sponsored Walkof Hadrian's Wall

Steve Cooper and Christopher Otter, both of Dinorben Lodge No. 8580 completed the walk of Hadrian’s Wall starting on Monday 16th May and finishing on Friday 20 May, distance 84 miles.

“We caught the 6.20 am train from Abergele on the Monday traveling to Newcastle and Wallsend via Manchester and York. We arrived in Wallsend at about 11 am and started our walk straight away (photo 1). We soon joined another group walking dressed as WW2 soldiers (photo 2) who were escorted by two local police officers, see photo to see why this was necessary (military uniforms and with deactivated/dummy guns). They were members of a re-enactment society raising money for the treatment of a daughter of one of them. One of them was a Freemason.

Our first night stop was at a village pub in Wylam a mile away from George Stephenson’s birthplace. The second day’s walk was mainly through the field and following the main road (photo 3) to Chollerford.

The third day was the hilly part of the walk but the wall was more prominent (photos 4 & 5). At the end of this day, we got a taxi to the Gilsland Spa Hotel as it was a few miles off the path. Our fourth day was more downhill and later following the River Eden (photo 5a) to Crosby on Eden, notice we did not have rucksack, the weight of the full pack was wearing us down so we paid a taxi to take them ahead for us.

The last day took us through Carlisle along the river Eden and the Solway Estuary to Bowness on Solway via Burgh by Sands where King Edward 1 was killed (photo 6, plaque was unveiled by HRH Duke of Kent on the 700th anniversary of his death), and Port Carlisle (photo 7) to the finish (photo 8). If anyone would like any more information about this walk please contact Steve Cooper, email address: cooperts@tiscali.co.uk

The walk raised a total of  £555 from the Lodges and Chapters in the Dyffryn Clwyd Group (4) towards the 2017 Festival.

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