I was good to go by 1pm and thankfully it was still bright.
I parked in the skinny layby by the entrance to Hotbank Farm and walked up the public footpath to join the Hadrian's Wall Path.
It was much colder than I had anticipated and quite a fierce wind was blowing.
I started the climb up onto Hotbank Crag overlooking Hotbank Farm, I think this is one of the steepest bits of Hadrian's Wall, I certainly puff and pant my way up it but the views make it worthwhile.
This is one of my twofer spots, you get views east and west and that's what I bring you today.
One of the dozen or so walkers I saw on the Trail in the hour I was out there, it's certainly popular all year round.
This lady's walking partner was forging ahead leaving her to catch him up, very much like TT does when we go out together, whippets and tortoises. They're heading east towards Housesteads.
A wider view from the same spot above Hotbank Farm looking to the east, the lake is Broomlee Lough.
The view west towards Winshields Crag on the skyline.
Black clouds were building and I had no rain gear with me so it was time for a sharp exit back to Gilsland.
Forecast for the next two days is grim so I guess I shall be back to garden birds.
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