Now that we have finally been able to produce some marketing material for our Hadrian's Wall Country app it was time to deliver it. We decided to start at Bowness-on-Solway and make our way back along the wall towards Newcastle stopping at as many BnB's hotels, pubs and restaurants as we could. Every place we visited offered a warm reception and were more than happy to chat to us and let us leave posters and leaflets.
On day one we didn't get much further than Carlisle after a trip to Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery and a visit to the cities best hotels, bnb's and restaurants. We decided to stay at Park Broom Lodge, ideally located on the A689, which is on the Hadrian's Wall cycle path and just a 4 minute walk from the National Trial. We were given a spacious room which was welcoming, clean and had everything we needed for a 1 night stay. The beds were comfy and although on a busy main road the windows are double glazed, twice, so traffic noise wasn't a problem. The lovely breakfast was also included in the winter rate price of just £50. You can visit there website here...www.parkbroomlodge.co.uk.
We set out early on day 2 and possibly experienced every form of our fantastic British weather, from glorious sunshine to snow blizzards! Making our back along the wall we stopped in Brampton, Lanercost, Gilsland, Haltwhistle, following the military road stopping at the wonderfully located Twice Brewed Inn for a spot of late lunch. The views in this part of the world are spectacular and if nothing else does this will make a visit to the outstanding world heritage site worth while, rain or shine.
Throughout the whole day we didn't use google maps to find our way around, we used the GPS guide that is built into the offline maps within the app. The little green man which can be seen in the screen shot imagesbelow precisely followed us on our travels and the detailed map made it easy to find our way around even the most remote country roads along the wall. Using the app rather than Google maps or any other sat nav app saved us data usage and time as we didn't need to worry about entering addresses or post codes. We also used the app to locate some of the walls milecastles and roman remains which were an interesting visit on our 'business trip'.
costs £2.29 is FREE and can be downloaded here