Hadrian's Wall - Burgh by SandsBurgh by Sands stands on the site of the Roman fort of Aballava. Very little trace of this or wall remains.
Hadrian's Wall - Sanctuary in Burgh by SandsWe took refuge in this pub waiting for the weather to clear and to dry off. After about an hour the weather had cleared sufficiently for us to resume the walk. Last year I carried between 25-28kg but this year I managed to cut it down to about 22kg which is still too much to carry. Unlike last year, the weather switched between showers and torrential rain that turned the roads into rivers. The sheet rain did not make an appearance until we entered Burgh by Sands.
Hadrian's Wall - St Michaels's Church, Burgh by SandsThe church lies within the boundary of the old fort. Even when the church was completed in the 12th century there was still plenty of Roman stone left in the area for Roman stones to be incorporated into the tower. The tower was built in the 14th century.
Hadrian's Wall - Bivouac outside Grinsdale villageWith the sodden ground and night approaching it was a challenge to find a suitable area to set up camp for the night. In the end, this site was chosen because the fence provided plenty of attachment points for the poncho and the ground consisted of a lot of stone rather than just sodden earth.