Posted: Wednesday 26 July 2017
North East Associates
- Tuesday 25th July –
The Errington Arms, where our July walk started, is close to the site of the annual Stagshaw Fair. This was one of two of the largest fairs in the country and is recorded as early as 1204, three years after King John visited Corbridge and granted a charter for a weekly market. It is believed to have begun much earlier. It was discontinued in 1927.
Between the pub and the roundabout, now where the A68 and B6318 cross, there was a substantial gateway, erected as part of Hadrian’s Wall as this was the crossing point for access to the north.
The hamlet of Halton includes a grand Pele Tower, a church, and well manicured lawns, making it a delightful spot. The churchyard has in it a topiary pig, which we all admired, tucked away in the north-west corner.
Seventeen of us enjoyed a pleasant 5¼ miles walk on a cool, slightly hazy day but no wind.
Part of this walk included following the Hadrian's Wall walk footpath, an 84-mile coast-to-coast walk, at times very close to the road.
Unfortunately the distant views could have been clearer.
Lunch was in the Robin Hood, on General Wade’s ‘Military Road’, and a little way to the east.
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