C2C Day 4 : Allenheads to Rowlands Gill

Day four started with a steep climb out of the valley onto Wolfcleugh Common and onto Rookhope. Turning out of the village, we pushed onto the final big climb of the Pennines up to the summit of Stanhope Common and it started chucking it down.

The rocky trail quickly turned into a stream as we pushed up to a stone ruin at the top of the moor. Unfortunately this offered little shelter from the torrential rains so we carried on across Edmondbyers Common and to our delight eventually spotted a tea room on top of the desolate moor. We raced to the tea room and were greeted with warm towels and very welcome refreshment.

We waited out the rest of the storm and then set off on the downhill that would eventually take us to the coast. We followed the Waskerley way off the heights of the common and through forest and parkland. After the tough climbs of the morning and previous days, this downhill was a welcome change as we raced at top speed to Consett and then on to our campsite at Rowlands Gill.

Day 5: Rowlands Gill to Newcastle Tynemouth

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