19 June 2022. 0710 departure from Alston campsite with a stop at the garage Spar shop for some lunchtime snacks, I was walking accompanied by Paul at 0730.
The route today followed the River South Tyne northwards, initially by the river then to the west over undulating farmland and ancient Roman features. The only village we passed through was Slaggyford where we had a 15 minute break on a Bill’s memorial park bench, Thank you Bill.
After passing near Lambley, the route went up into moorland of Featherstone Common. By this stage Paul was well ahead and I had late lunch break of 20 mins near Cross Rig (264m). Then on and into Greenhead for 1535 where I found Paul with a pint on a picnic bench at the Greenhead Hotel. He was not impressed that they couldn’t do any food (too busy on father’s day) and the cafe opposite is shut on Sundays. Managed to reserve a dinner table for 1930, and book us in at Holmhead Guest House camping (£7), 700m away back on the trail adjacent to Thirlwall Castle. Camping is limited to about 4 pitches. 24 km today.