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#59644 - 28/01/11 12:27 PM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum! [Re: Mac]
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Is it possible to cycle the route easily?

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#59645 - 28/01/11 12:37 PM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum! [Re: trenchfoot]
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Originally Posted By: trenchfoot
Is it possible to cycle the route easily?


There are a lot of steep ups and downs and personally I wouldn't want bikes to be ruining a good path. Sorry!

However there is a Hadrian's Cycleway which forms part of the
National Cycle Network see:-

http://www.cycle-routes.org/hadrianscycleway/
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#59684 - 31/01/11 04:42 PM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum! [Re: Harland]
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Near to Househeads Fort and for several miles at least, a lot of 'Wallers' use the easier track that runs below and parallel to the wall, rather than the wall path itself.
I have always found it peculiar that some walkers take a lot of trouble and time with the planning and arrangements to do a specific LDP, then go and start taking short cuts and easier options while supposedly doing it.
Dave.

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#59737 - 04/02/11 09:46 AM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum! [Re: Slogger]
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Dave, sometimes pain means an easier route. I walked the wall in 2005 and had to take to the low road in parts, had a lot of pain in one of my knees and not wanting a second operation on it took the path of least resistance. Do I feel cheated, no, would I do the same thing again, yes. You are still walking the miles and it is sometimes nice to get off the beaten track and be alone for a bit.

Mick

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#59741 - 04/02/11 10:05 PM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum! [Re: walkanddrink]
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Yes Mick,
I understand taking the easier option if suffering from an injury, but some just seem to see at a bit of a climb on an official route and start to look for alternatives.
However I admit that I am a bit of a stickler when it comes to following the laid down route to the letter when doing it for the first time. Alternatives can be explored during subsequent trips.
Of course each to their own, not saying my philosophy is better than anyone elses, just wouldn't do for me.
Dave.

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#59905 - 15/02/11 07:24 AM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum! [Re: trenchfoot]
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Originally Posted By: trenchfoot
Is it possible to cycle the route easily?


It is many years since I did HW so I do not know what it is like now, but at the time I would say that doing two thirds of the route on bike would have been preferable to walking along an imaginary line where the wall used to be...as well as getting out of the Newcastle end as soon as possible.

All I can remember of the walk are endless pavements and jumping out of the way of cars traveling at high speed. Until I reached the part where the wall actually begins, paths slightly inland of the main roads were waist high in stinging nettles and there was the chore of the big diversions around fenced off farmersí fields.

The memories I have of walking through the Newcastle back streets were of crunching on broken glass and slipping on used condoms.

The best part of the walk, for me, was around Vindolanden and onwards to the coast.

Based upon my previous experience, I would say that if I ever did this route again I think that I would definitely consider biking it, or using a car.

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