I parked at Walltown car park near Greenhead. £5 pay and display. From here to Cawfileds is a little more than 3 miles. The first half is a nice bumpy ridge with little drops and rises. Then it gets less hilly slowly dropping down to some woodland. After passing this and Cockmount Hill Farm. - doing my best not to giggle at the name - I came to Aesica Fort, a quiet spot not like Houseteads or Vindolanda with their car parks an entry charges. Much less to see but still well worth a look.
Soon I was at Cawfields where I turned right and followed the well-signposted Haltwhistle Burn Path. This was a delightful surprise a lovely riverside stroll down to Haltwhistle. When I got to the edge of town I turned around. I was staying there so there would b3 plenty chance to explore. I headed back up the hill on the road past Broomshaw Hill Farm to Lees Hall Farm. The road ends at the latter and the right of way skirts the right of the buildings. Going through a gate leaving the farm behind I noticed a sign inviting people coming the other way to ‘Beware of the Dog’. I hate that. Public rights of way are no place for intimidating signage, certainly no place for intimidating dogs to be running around lose. But today I saw only the sign and no dog. I also passed three signs advising me to be cautious of belligerently motherly cows and one alerting me to the presence of a bull. But these bovine terrors also failed to materialise. It was a freezing day and I guess they were all snug in their barns. From behind Lee Hall a short walk north took me onto the farm road that passes Markham Cottage before swinging left and taking me easily back to where I started.
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