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Walking sections of Hadrians wall with kids -some questions

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Slubberdegullion Thu 20-Feb-14 08:12:59

Firstly do we all need walking boots, or will walking shoes do? I've asked in two different Cotswold Outdoors stores now. One bloke said yes to boots, other said no, if you have decent walking shoes (which I do) they will be fine.

Any good child friendly circular walks anyone can recommend. We will be spending a week near near the Northumberland section, inland.

Should we or should we not take the dog. Can't decide.

Lagoonablue Thu 20-Feb-14 08:16:26

Ooh it's lovely up there. Stony ground, mud at times too. I would wear walking boots. If it was high summer you might get away with trainers but boots more versatile. Buy the lightweight ones, you don't have to spend a fortune.

Lagoonablue Thu 20-Feb-14 08:16:56

Dog will be fine but you will need to keep it on a lead due to lots of sheep.

saintlyjimjams Thu 20-Feb-14 08:18:32

I'd say boots - protect your ankles...

Slubberdegullion Thu 20-Feb-14 08:30:59

New boots it is then grin. Shopping trip today I think.

Dog is fine on the lead, so that won't be a problem.

Bunbaker Thu 20-Feb-14 08:34:58

It's a beautiful part of the country. I hope the weather stays fine for you.

capercaillie Thu 20-Feb-14 08:35:25

I would think walking shoes fine. A lot of people are choosing to use shoes rather than boots - particularly in summer. Lighter, cooler and you tend to be more sure footed and have more flexibility in the foot. I've used walking shoes for lots of summer walking incl outer Hebrides and Scotland. If you're not going in summer, then boots better option.

TKMaxx sometimes have good kids boots in if you strike it lucky!

Bunbaker Thu 20-Feb-14 08:40:44

I find walking shoes more comfortable than boots. I bought mine in an outdoor specialist shop in Morpeth. They are waterproof as well.

Slubberdegullion Thu 20-Feb-14 08:54:51

Is the terrain very scrabbly?

I love my current walking shoes (merrells). They are waterproof and completely broken in and very comfortable. But if there was ever a time when investing in a decent pair of walking boots then this would be it, if folk say they are absolutely essential.

Slubberdegullion Thu 20-Feb-14 08:55:33

Going in May. Weather could be glorious or syphilitic.

MooncupGoddess Thu 20-Feb-14 09:05:11

It's quite up and down at points, but the path is well made and maintained. From what you say your shoes would probably be fine, unless there is a long spell of wet weather in the lead-up.

It's a fantastic walk, you'll have a lovely time!

Slubberdegullion Thu 20-Feb-14 09:06:36

smile I'm really excited.

Dh says longest walk we'll do in one day is 9 miles. This should be doable with an 8 and 10 year old shouldn't it? We regularly do walks of 4 or 5 miles with them.

MooncupGoddess Thu 20-Feb-14 09:13:52

It depends how up and down that section is. Some of the middle (and most beautiful) bits of the Wall are hard work, and the views are so amazing that you don't want to be rushing.

Slubberdegullion Thu 20-Feb-14 09:22:32

Will have to check with dh which bit the nine miler is. So looking forward to stunning views.

dutchmam Thu 20-Feb-14 09:28:19

In dry weather walking shoes would be fine but when it's wet some of the steep bits are tricky. I would go for boots as it can be very very muddy in the surrounding fields as well.
My favourite walk is from Steel Rigg car park going east along the wall, up and down, passing the tree from one of Mel Gibson's films (Robin Hood?) and after about 4 miles you can turn back trough the fields north of the wall.
Do you know about the walkingworld website? It is great for getting ideas for walks, and for £17 a year it's well worth it I think.

dutchmam Thu 20-Feb-14 09:32:28

DS corrects me: Kevin Costner in Robin Hood.

Slubberdegullion Thu 20-Feb-14 15:09:57

Thanks dutchmam, will go check that site out.

cazzabou Thu 20-Mar-14 12:14:58

We have planned to walk the wall from 7-16th April staying in youth hostels and b&B's along the way, there are 5 of us and more for some of the journey but I will be 6 months pregnant with a keen 7 year old and worried that I'm biting off more than I can chew! Has anyone else attempted this walk with a largish bump???!!!!

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