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by: Henry Stedman
Thank you to the readers who sent in the following updates in particular Ken, Rich & Sophie Eames, John Nichols, Ingrid Strobl, Kornelie Oostlander-Vos, Cathy Rooke, Keith Frayn, Michael Scarlatos and his wife and their 11 year old son, David Twine and Murray Turner, Pam & Stephen Turner, Keith Dunbar, Rick and Mel Toyer, Tom Anderson, Unni Oberhofer, Jared Bond.
The information has not yet been checked by Trailblazer but it will be for the next edition.
The updates relate to the 4th edition
31 October 2016
p173 Map 28 Gilsland - p178 Map 29 Birdoswald. Temporary closure of Hadrian’s Wall Path by Cumbria County Council for works commencing Monday 31st October duration expected to be about 3 weeks. During this time you might want to consider hiring a local taxi firm to transport you between these points. Suggestions: Airbus 2000 (Brampton) 016977 3735 Diamond Private Hire (Haltwhistle) 0759 764 1222.
Feedback from a walker as follows:
Winter flooding. Three posted detours near Carlisle as a result of flooding but only one was found necessary by this walker.
p88 Wallsend. Hadrian Lodge Hotel has closed.
p188 Crosby-on-Eden. The Stag Inn seems closed.
p184 Walton. Great public restroom next to Walton Tea Room.
p 129 Chesters. The bridge path gate was chained & locked shut.
p124 St Oswalds Tea Room looks like is no more.
p120. East Wallhouses. Robin Hood Inn is now open.
From 3 Norwegians around 60 who sent in the following updates and said "Thanks for a fantastic Guidebook. Everything we needed for our walk we could find there. We walked Hadrians Wall 5 days from Newcastle to Carlisle from 7. to 12. July this Year. Already in January we booked B & B."
p112, Wylam. Wormald House, Wylam. The first night, very friendly and nice family. They took us to a Pub called Winships with very tasty, good Food. The Breakfast was very rich.Lunch in Errington Arms was a good proposal.
p130, Humshaugh. Second night in Orchard View, large, nice rooms, good Breakfast and Sandwiches (not white Bread!) The Village was very idyllic and a good Atmosphere in the Pub.
p160 Once Brewed. Third night in Twice Brewed Inn. Very lively Atmosphere in the Pub and a nice Backyard. Much Car traffic at day time, but quiet in the Night. Also good Sandwiches.
p180 Banks. The fourth night in Quarryside, very cosy. They had ordered a table for us, and took
us to a nice Pub where we had good food. Good Breakfast, but the Sandwiches had white, soft Bread which we Norwegians don't like very much.
p196 Carlise. Fifth night in Cartref. Large room on the top floor and very good Breakfast, and service.
p186, Newtown. Orchard House Bed and Breakfast situated on Hadrian's Wall Path in the village of Newtown, Cumbria, newly opened. Evening meals available by prior arrangement. Tel: 016977 42637. www.orchardhousebednb.co.uk
p184, Walton. The Reading Room Cafe at Walton, Walton, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2DJ.
Tel: 07867868763. Situated just 300m off the path. From June 1st 2015 open seven days a week, 10.00 till 4.30 (opening hours to be reviewed at end of September). Serves teas, coffees, cakes, traybakes, cold drinks, snacks, light lunches. Everything is home made.They will refill water bottles for walkers and toilet facilities are available during opening hours. Free internet connection and provides taxi numbers for several local companies. If a large groups of walkers are planning to come, please contact in advance to give a little warning. email:TheReadingRoomatWalton@outlook.com
20 May 2015
p185, near Brampton. The Salutation Inn, Irthington, which is not in the book but is just a little off the path after Brampton was closed on Sunday 17 May for food and is closing down.
17 July 2014
Cumbria County Council Public Transport confirmed that Telford will stop operating the 185 bus service from the end of August but that Arriva will take it over (using the same number) though the frequency will be reduced - probably it will only go to Carlisle once a day.
The updates relate to the 3rd edition
4 November 2013
p107 Heddon-on-the-Wall. Hadrian Way B&B 2 Close Lea, Heddon-on-the-Wall NE15 0D. Tel: 01661 853 175.
26 September 2013
p177 Map 32. Walton. The Centurion Inn is stil closed.
p77 Newcastle. No Youth Hostel now but you can get cheap rooms at Premier Inn on the Quay. It's worth checking online well in advance and looking for deals. Two readers report paying £19 each for a monday (breakfast extra).
p196 Map 40. Grinsdale. West View Campsite has closed. It's worth checking for campsites in the Camping and Caravanning Guide of GB as sites seem to close and open.
16 July 2013
p 127 Map 13B The road that crosses just N of Dilston is the A695.
p 128 Corbridge. Halton Red House Farm B&B, Corbridge NE45 5QA. Tel: 01434 672 209
p 193 Map 39 On the W side, where it shows a road coming up to, but not crossing, the river, there's now a busy, brand new road bridge: not sure what road number, as it's still shown as 'Under Construction' on my latest OS map.
p 201 Map 43 Tiny point: the 'House' shown under 'Embankment swings north ...' is to the W of where the embankment swings N.
1 July 2013
p 160. Haltwhistle. Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. Offers Caravan, Camping, Wigwam Site & Cafe Bar. www.herdinghillfarm.co.uk Tel 01434 320175
p 189, Map. Carlisle. Marlborough House B&B, 2 Marlborough Gardens, Stanwix, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 9NW. Tel 01228 512174. www.marlborough-house.co.uk, and
No 1 Guest House, 1 Etterby Street,Stanwix,Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 9JB. Tel 01228 547285. www.carlislebandb.co.uk
p196 Burgh by Sands The post office is not in use. The Greyhound Inn is not open from Mondays till Thursdays.
17 September 2012
p178 Walton Sandysike bunkhouse The price of accommodation has increased from £10 to £12 per person per night. The friendly welcome and hot dinner however were fab.
p167 Gilsland The shop has closed but there is a mobile PO in the village hall 3 mornings a week, with tea /coffee & biscuits also served.
Between Chesters and Walton. Walkers didn't find any shops between these places.
Gibbs Hill bunkhouse Mrs Gibson will sell you ingredients for a cereal & toast breakfast (£6), but not other supplies.
For the middle section of the path the only pubs close to the trail were in Once Brewed, Greenhead & one remaining in Gilsland.
p158 Cawfields Quarry There is a van, at the picnic site opposite, selling hot & cold drinks / soup and home-made cakes. Joanne is there
10am to 3pm, Wed to Sunday, "unless weather is of biblical proportions"!
21 November 2011
p171 Map 29 At the western end of the map you come out of the field onto the road and the route now goes right and left over a small new bridge rather than left and right.
p193 Map 39 On the western end of the map a large new road is under construction.
p40 Taking dogs along the Hadrian's Wall Path Stiles in Northumberland are ladder stiles with narrow rungs and there are a lot of them so you will need to carry your dog over stiles. Stiles in Cumbria tend to be gates which are easier to negotiate.
Also taking your dog with you limits where you can stay and where you can eat and often on this walk with your dog with you you will have to eat outside. There are of course exceptions to this and there are B&Bs which take dogs but do enquire before you start the walk.
p107 Heddon-on-the-Wall, Hadrian's Barn Edgehill, Hillhead An excellent B&B - a converted barn with twin beds, living room and kitchen, self-cook and serve breakfast. Tel: 07811 020018. web wwwhadriansbarn.co.uk
p122 Chollerford/Humshaugh Walwick Farmhouse B&B On the road climbing up from Chesters. Magnificent position with views down the Tyne valley, superb food and dog friendly. Tel: 01434 681823. www.walwickfarmhouse.co.uk
p154 Saughy Rigg Farm, near Steel Rigg Has a drying room, is dog friendly and offers transfers in a minibus – call them and they will come and pick you up.
p188 Carlisle The County Hotel takes dogs.
p206 Taxis to Carlisle Bowness–Carlisle Metro Taxis on www.cumbria.gov.uk which gives a timetable. £6 per trip. Well worthwile.
31 August 2011
Lanercost Abbey Mill B&B was our favourite stop by some distance, leading the rankings on comfort, friendliness, and breakfast.
p184 Crosby Lodge Country House Hotel continues to welcome walkers, and to serve tea and sandwiches all day in an atmosphere reminiscent of an Agatha Christie "Miss Marple" TV adaptation; we kept expecting a retired Colonel to be foully done to death in the smoking room.
Walltown The Riverside route just East of Walltown still doesn't appear to have opened.
English Heritage sites along Hadrian's Wall will only be open weekends during the winter season from 1st November 2011. For up to date information, please check the English Heritage website: www.english-heritage.org.uk
p124 Chesters Fort Dovecote B&B is located just up the hill from Chesters Fort at Lincoln Hill. The owner is Jane Bradley.