Posted by: brendaintheboro | May 28, 2014

Four countries tour day 3

Haltwhistle to Powfoot

The day started with a 12℅ uphill climb on a very badly deteriorated surface. We walked!
Down Bellister bank was  fast though, then through the gate just before the A69 and under the railway bridge. DH’s headset needed tightening so we called at a garage  before following y couldn’t help.
So it was off on route 72 ,climbing all the while to just before Greenhead. The actual cycle track is awful so we got back on to the road. We did find a garage in Gilsland and a lovely chap tried to help but his spanners were too large. So we  climbed again and then there was a lovely descent to Lanercost priory. Brampton is the next town and here we went to a/ cycle shop but I really am not sure of the name. Possibly Rock to Ride. He had proper headset spanners and did the job quickly.
In the town, near the church we sat to eat 2nd breakfast and I bought cakes from the local community group.
Off again we followed the road to Longtown, which was very rolling and we now made much better time. Here we stopped to change maps outside a cafe. The scones were just too inviting, so even though it was Mizzling, we sat outside sipping hit chocolate and munching cheese scones..
Refreshed, it was along the A6071 to Gretna. The traffic was light  and it saved about 3 miles on the cycle route. In Gretna, a chap advised us to ride the  B721 through Rigg and Eastriggs as the A75 now takes most of the traffic. There would have been lovely views over the Solway firth but for the rain.
Annan, now has a Tes+o’s which we availed ourselves of before following the A724 to Powfoot. There has been a lot of development of the camping site in this area as and it is well appointed with a campers kitchen . The hikers pitch has cost us £6.50 with showers a£1. They are brilliant wet rooms.
43 miles today but not all recorded as the view ranger got switched off accidentally.

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