As the Pennine Way heads northwards it drifts from towns to only crossing through small farms and villages. Heading to Bellingham the only conversation I had all day was with the odd sheep!
Housestead to Bellingham (13.5 miles/ 21.5 Km)
I was lucky enough to get dropped off on the road just below Cuddy Crag where the Pennine Way turns off Hadrian’s Wall to head northwards. I could see right away though that it was going to be a day of wet feet.
The walk is across moorland and through woodlands for much of the way, so when I arrived at civilisation at both Willow Bog farm and Leadgate road, there was a certain amount of relief to standing on firm ground!
This is an uninteresting photo below, but at this point in the day I was finding it childishly funny that I was looking at Shitlington Hall.
From here I climbed the small crags to head down into the town of Bellingham.