Day One: Segedunum to Heddon on the Wall. Happy 30th Birthday Laura!!

I’m going to keep this short as I am shattered! We did it. We completed day one. We walked 16.72 miles from Segedunum to Heddon on the Wall.


We thought it was going to be a 15 mile day but the route ended up being a bit longer than expected and we only stopped for lunch after 12 miles. We stopped for lunch at The Boat House in Newborn and Uncle Tim checked over our feet and gave us all foot massages and SOS treatment.

Carrying on we were chased by dogs playing with our shadows, chatted to some lovely families, saw upside down rainbows and cloud Angels. Mum was certainly with us today but would have been in the pub at the end with a large gin and slimline tonic laughing at us crazy fools.

What a day! We started through industrial paths to walking along the River Tyne, through lovely parkland and wooded walkways to finally up one MASSIVE hill!!!! Finishing at the Three Tuns in Heddon.

Our legs are shredded. Our feet hurt! and we have sun burn.

As it was Laura’s 30th Birthday today we went for dinner to Ottoman a delicious Turkish restaurant not far from the hotel. Stuffed and aching it is time for bed.

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These two places we ate/drank today were great: The Three Tuns and Ottoman




Walkies – Training walks with Taz my dog

Time seems to be flying by so quickly at the moment. As the nights are drawing in and winter is approaching I’ve been trying to make the most of the last of our warmer days and getting out for some training walks with my dog Taz. It’s not long until our Hadrian’s Wall walk in May 2017 and my lovely little pooch Taz is thoroughly enjoying me taking her out for all these lovely long walks.

Three years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was told that if I lost weight I could reverse the symptoms. I chose not to go it alone and joined Slimming World. When I was losing weight I did loads of exercise and Taz even used to come running with me. I lost over 9 stone with Slimming World, reversed my diabetes, and have now maintained my weight for over 2 years. Taz loved going for a run and was a great companion meaning that I could be more adventurous in where I was going. We even did a 5k Race for Life together with my local Slimming World Group. Since being diagnosed with Osteoarthritis I had to stop running and have slowly built up my walking again. Getting out for walks with Taz has been a great way to keep the weight off and she loves exploring around my local area.

Having her keeping me company on my training walks means that I can go further and further and my knees are slowly getting stronger. When it is warmer I try to get out early so she doesn’t overheat in the mid-day sun. I must admit she is a bit of a princess and she hates the rain and cold so I’m going to be investing in a coat for her for the winter.

Every night I have to do leg stretches and strengthening exercises for my knees and Taz see’s this as a great time to play. Every evening she brings her balls to me thinking that because Mummy is sitting on the floor it is play time.


Taz won’t be coming with my to Hadrian’s Wall but she is loving every second of my training.

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