Posted by: brendaintheboro | June 26, 2022

Summer Tour 2022 part 1

This was the tour where we weren’t really sure where we would end up as we had no bookings for anything .

We agreed to head north and west with the vague idea that we might go to Ireland but nothing definite. So as my brother lives near the Angel of the North and they would put us up for the night, we used our usual route north until we got to South Hetton and then headed off left towards Washington.

Near Washington lunch stop
East Bridge over the River Wear

Soon after this, we were on a cycle track without any traffic and then suddenly we popped out onto a track on the side of the Sunderland Highway and then it was just a short way to the Angel of the North Fishing Lakes our destination for the night.

Next morning , my brother got up to see us off ( not usual for him to be up so early) and we headed off to cross the A1 on the foot bridge we used a few months ago.

A1 crossing

Stupidly narrow barriers meant we had had to unload our luggage to get through which was a bit of a chore but then we were underway. The way was very quiet through an industrial estate before a lovely green belt ride through to Dustin and past the Metro Centre

Angel of the North
River Tyne

It’s a nice ride up the river Tyne through Blaydon but near Royston we found that the Keelmans way was blocked so we had to cross the river onto NCN72 Hadrians Wall cycleway. This took us up through Wylam to cross the river again and then up to Ovingham. It was here we reminisced about being here in 2007 with out Norwegian pal Kjell who helped a cyclist with a broken chain as he had a spare repair link.

We carried on along the route up to Corbridge where we stopped in the sunshine for lunch. We recognised the route to Hexham from previous years but it was very busy as the Northumberland county show was on. We were glad not to be riding behind the cars trying to get in to the car parks.

Just outside of Hexham , after riding along the riverside path, we came to the railway crossing.

Crossing the railway near Hexham

Passing through Warden and Fourstones , the climbing began quite steeply and we are so pleased to have the assistance on our Koga World Traveller e-bikes. Under warm sunshine we reached the summit of Hadrians wall.

Summit of Hadrians Wall
millennium milepost

After a bit more climbing and descending, to try and find the campsite, we came down almost to the A68 near Bardon Mills. This was Brockalee Farm campsite and it was lovely. We soon got pitched up and then watched the farmer with his young sheepdog rounding up his Jacob sheep for practice.

Round up time

If you want to know why they are called Jacob sheep look at Genesis chapter 30 in the Bible .

Next morning was cool enough for our wind proof, waterproof jackets as we got onto the A68 for a couple of miles and then onto a minor road south of the main road. First hold up of the day was cattle being herded along the road.

Cattle traffic jam

We were soon in Haltwhistle and we used the Co-op to stock up for some supplies. The we were climbing again onto the cycleway up to Greenhead with more gates.

More gates

After this we soon saw a number of scarecrows along the way into Gilsland.

Roman soldier scarecrow

There were so many but I won’t post them all but they did amuse me. By now , the sun was coming out as we continued along NCN 72 with beautiful views .

Part of Hadrians wall

Near Banks

Here , we departed from NCN 72 and headed north to join up with NCN10 and on into Hethersgill for lunch on the corner.

Lunch stop Hethersgill
Hethersgill church

We carried on along NCN 10 and ten changed to NCN7 north of Carlisle. When we got to Westlington I couldn’t resist taking this photo.

Westlington

Then we continued along to Gretna and then onto Annan where we had a campsite booked on Broom Farm fisheries.

Broom Farm fisheries.

We were now well into Scotland. So where to from here?


Responses

  1. What range can you get out of your e-bikes?

    • There are many variables. Terrain, surface, wind conditions etc. the more difficult it would be to ride an unassisted bicycle, usually means more power usage. On the flat , I get between 40-50 miles per battery but we carry spares. These batteries are as old as the bicycle (4 years) and are still going well. DH has now ridden in excess of 20,000 and me 19,000 mile since we got them so feel they are still serving us very well. DH will ride with his with no power so he can get more miles than me , the advantage of that is even though I am on the lowest level of assist we ride at the same speed.

      • Impressive stats. My battery is also my seat post so I can’t easily carry a spare. Like your DH, I try to pedal as much as possible on zero help but I appreciate the assistance up hills and into the wind.


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