Day 094 : Burgh-by-Sands – Gretna Green

This is another day I have been looking forward to, crossing the border into Scotland. The downside was that I could see that there would be quite a bit of road walking near busy roads and motorway.

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I have been staying at a Bunkhouse at Boustead Hill called Hillside Farm run by a lovely lady called Sandra Judd. I enjoyed my stay there for several nights and Sandra has very helpful.

Today I start by the Greyhound Inn where I have had a couple of meals and a pint in the evenings. I enjoyed the food and beer which is very good.

Just next to the pub is a statue of Edward I who died here on his way up for another tussle with the Scots.

I continue out of the village and follow the Hadrian’s Wall Path to Beaumont.The church is built in a Milefortlet in Hadrian’s Wall. Milefortlets were basically watchtowers built along the wall.

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The Hadrian s Wall Path was closed off due to landslip into the River Eden, so I had to follow the road to Kirkandrews and pick up the river again through Grinsdale. I then follow the busy A7 which by-passes Carlisle to meet up with the motorway.

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This is my route eastwards and northwards. I cross the River Eden that winds its way into Carlisle. At the first roundabout, I leave the A7 and take a minor road towards Rockcliffe. This road is dead straight and seems quite busy, probably a more sedate route into Scotland than on the motorway.

Although Rockcliffe seems quite a peaceful village, it has  an interesting past of smuggling salt and whisky from Scotland.

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It is now time to continue following the minor roads towards the border. The road takes me across the main north-west rail line and then alongside the motorway to Metal Bridge. This is now a pub by the side of the River Esk but apparently there used to be a Metal bridge that spanned the river which is no longer there.

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Continuing on my journey Gretna I finally cross over into Bonnie Scotland and stop for a drink at the Old Toll Bar. No border controls to worry about.