TIME FOR TEA - MARK 6 - 11.7.10

A MOTLEY  CREW !!

It was nice to welcome Ron & Theresa back on their return to the area as they joined the six members lead by Paul on this sixth ‘Cream Tea’ walk. The 20 mile route started eastwards and soon became wet and windy as Quarry Beck was reached and followed to join the River Irthing. Wind and rain on our backs was just about acceptable as the river was followed on either side until coffee time high above its wooded banks.

Shortly after restarting the turnaround point was reached with a short climb to join Hadrian’s Wall and head back into the weather. Thankfully by the time we reached the village of Banks the rain abated and a diversion was made to enjoy lunch on Craig Hill. The afternoon was much pleasanter with occasional sunny spells as the Wall was rejoined near Lanercost and Jim joined the group for the last few miles.

The National Trail was eventually left just before Newtown and after crossing the Irthing for the last time another short diversion was made to visit the quiet and secluded Brampton Old Church. From there it was just a short hop back to the starting point and another of Mary’s fabled cream teas.

1. RIVER IRTHING 2. ROOM FOR ALL 3. BRAMPTON OLD CHURCH 4. OLD CHURCH