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Walk #45: Once Brewed to Bellingham


ZZ23	Hadrian's Wall.
ZZ29	Crag Lough from Hadrian's Wall near Milecastle 39.
ZZ23 Hadrian's Wall.
ZZ29 Crag Lough from Hadrian's Wall near Milecastle 39.

General Data

Date Walked 23/08/1999
County Northumberland
Start Location Once Brewed
End Location Bellingham
Start time 08.50
End time 16.35
Distance 15.4 miles
Description This was a fairly varied day's walk, although not as scenically grand as some of the previous days.
Pack Today I carried full camping gear.
Condition Everything is fine aside from my back, which is very sore once again. I have treated it with the hydrocortisone cream once again and will see what develops from there. Otherwise my ankle, feet and legs are okay.
Weather Today's weather was initially similar to yesterday, with broken cloud and nice sunny patches. Later on it became wilder and more cloudier, although there was no sign of any rain.
OS map Outdoor Leisure number 43 (Hadrian's Wall) and Outdoor Leisure number 42 (Kielder Water)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


This was an interesting days walk, starting by following Hadrian's Wall for two miles before heading north. Some forestry plantations followed but even these were interesting in their own ways.

Mum and dad met me up here and I dumped off some of my old and unwanted kit with them to lighten the load for the last few days. I also went on a bit of a shopping spree ready for the next couple of days where there are no shops. A nice meal also came in handy as the youth hostel is self-catering.

My back *really* hurt me during the latter part of the walk today. I hope that it behaves itself tomorrow, or I will find the last couple of days hard. Hopefully now that I have reduced the weight of my pack a bit things will improve...

The youth hostel here is nice but basic, with self-catering facilities only. This did not bother me too much, and I managed to get a good night's sleep.


I am not going to bother giving any directions for any of the stages of the Pennine Way; there are many route descriptions produced that will better anything that I could produce. The main guides I used were the OS National Trail Guides, which come complete with strip maps of the route. Click on one of the links below to go to the Amazon page for each guide.

National Trail Guide South
National Trail Guide North


From To Distance (m) Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Once Brewed Ladyhill 7.7 1299 1211
Ladyhill Bellingham 7.7 873 1230

This makes a total distance of 15.4 miles, with 2172 feet of ascent and 2441 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #45
For more information on profiles, ascents and descents, see this page


Please note that I take no responsibility for anything that may happen when following these directions. If you intend to follow this route, then please use the relevant maps and check the route out before you go out. As always when walking, use common sense and you should be fine.

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And finally, enjoy your walking!

This walk was mentioned in the following routes:

My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk
My Pennine Way Walk, 07th to 26th August 1999

Nearby walks

#TitleWalk length (miles)
44Slaggyford to Once Brewed18.0
46Bellingham to Byrness14.7
929Hadrian's Wall Path: Carlisle to Greenhead22.2

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