The opportunity to visit the remains of two Roman Forts and walk along one of the best sections of Hadrian's Wall are the main features of this walk in the Northumberland National Park. The walking is generally easy and for the most part the walk follows well trodden routes.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) The start is the small car park (grid ref. NY773664) which is located on the south side of the B6318 and accessed via a quiet country lane. This car park is convenient for visiting Vindolanda either before you start the walk or after completion of the route. You can also complete the walk by using the Hadrian's Wall bus service AD122 which runs from April through to September.
After parking exit the car park and turn right along the lane towards Vindolanda. The lane turns sharp left and crosses Bradley Burn. Immediately after take the footpath on your right. This leads past High Shields Farm on your left to exit onto the B6318 (grid ref. NY770674). Cross the road and take the path opposite leading half right across a field towards a track. Turn left along this track and continue north to reach Hadrian's Wall. Turn right along the Wall following the Pennine Way and the Hadrian's Wall Path east. On your left is Crag Lough which nestles below Highshield Crags.
(1) Follow the path along the Wall over Hotbank Crags and continue past the point where the Pennine Way heads north to reach Housesteads and the Roman Fort. The remains of the fort are impressive and well worth a visit. Exit the site of the Roman fort to the south and bear left onto a track heading south-west to Deafley Rigg and the B6318 (grid ref. NY785680). Turn left along the road and take the signed bridleway on the right. This leads past East Crinkledykes (on your right) to reach a lane (grid ref. NY786669).
(2) Turn right along the lane and follow it west to the first road junction. Go straight ahead here picking up the path that follows Stangate (the route of an old Roman Road). This leads you back to the lane used at the start. Turn left along the lane and the car park is on your left(D/A).
D/A : km 0 - alt. 178m - Car park
1 : km 1.94 - alt. 248m - Follow the path along the Wall
2 : km 6.12 - alt. 251m - Turn right along the lane
D/A : km 7.81 - alt. 182m
The remains of the Roman Forts at Vindolanda and Housesteads provide an historic focus for this walk. The inclusion of a dramatic section of Hadrian's Wall adds further interest to the route. You are advised to allow plenty of time, as the Roman antiquities are full of interest and far better preserved than expected.
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Global average : 2.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 1/5
Routemap quality : 2/5
Walk interest : 4/5
Global average : 2.33 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Very disappointing
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Good
There are two glaring anomalies on this route, 1) Deafley Rigg and the B6318 (grid ref. NY785680). Turn left along the road and take the signed bridleway on the right. The footpath & bridleway are exactly opposite! no left turn needed 2) Turn right along the lane and follow it west to the first road junction. Go straight ahead here picking up the path that follows Stangate (the route of an old Roman Road). There is absolutely no access to any path at this point of reference.
This Northumbria walk explores one of the more dramatic sections of Hadrian's Wall and also includes Vindolanda Roman Fort. This walk can also be undetaken using the Hadrian's Wall bus service AD122 which runs from April through to September.
A circular walk along one of the most scenic sections of Hadrian’s Wall involves some short, sharp ascents.
This walk covers a section of Hadrian's Wall. Starting from Steel Rigg, Northumbria National Park, the route includes a visit to Housesteads Fort and the dramatic scenery of Hotbank Crags and Crag Lough. The route along the wall has many ups and downs but does provide you with a chance to walk in the footsteps of the Roman Legions.
This Northumberland walk includes Hadrian's Wall and the Pennine Way. The route crosses some rough ground which can be rather boggy after heavy rain.
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