In the morning we walked back to the path and up to Heddon-on-the-Wall. It was a steep little hill that but I got at the top barely out of breath. Clearly I am getting into a better shape!
After we’d found out that the local cash machine would only give money to British bank customers we headed further toward Chollerford. Now the path here pretty much follows the current B road between Newcastle and Carlisle. this is a major plus as it means that there is a bus, but on the negative side there is the traffic noise.
We had to cross the road a few times and pretty much were all the time just a wall away from the road. As a side note the Great Glen too follows the road, but is a bit more away from the road than this stretch, though the GGW also has stretches effectively on road. But we ha d a pleasant enough walk without the rain that had been forecast. It was overcast, so it was a little humid, but not that hot. We made good speed, but including the climb up to Heddon proved to be a miscalculation on my part.
You see we were.booked in in a B&B where the land lady would cook for us too. So the least we could do was to be there at a reasonable time. however by the time we got our stamp at the Robin Hood Inn it was past noon. We decided we’d have lunch there as an opposing walker had said it was very nice there. He was right it was nice, but as we were aware of our time constraints we headed out reasonably quickly.
Just as well that we had lunch there as the next pub (always open according to our Wylam B&B host) was closed. We had a break there at and outside table and soldiered on. By the time that it was 18.15 we knew we needed another 30-45 minutes to Chollerford, even when cheating and following the road straight into the village. So after a brief conversation SO called the B&B. As it turns out they had decided not to cook a guest meal that day and offered to pick us up and drop us at a pub in town. We gladly accepted and soon our knight in shining red car arrived and drove us to the pub, where we had Fish and Chips. it is the type of meal you can have after walking 29 km.
The B&B was in a little hamlet away from the track and so remote that it was dark very dark. Even SO who likes likes a dark room felt that it was a little too dark! we slept well.