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|Hadrian's Wall and Winshield Crags|
|Author: Claire, Published: 20 Jun 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 7.5 mile circular, and fairly strenuous, walk within the Northumberland National Park, close to the small village of Haltwhistle. The route follows one of the best preserved sections of Hadrian’s Wall before returning through the rolling hillside pastures to the south. There are magnificent views throughout as you explore the Roman remains and there is plenty of wildlife to enjoy along the way. |
The walk includes many fairly steep climbs and descents throughout. The wall-side path can be fairly uneven and rocky in places and the pasture paths can get quite boggy so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus five stiles. The stile types are three wooden ladder stiles over stone walls, one standard wooden stile and one stone stile over a stone wall. All of these should be suitable for agile dogs to negotiate. The last mile of the walk follows a quiet tarmac lane so take care of any traffic on this stretch. You will be sharing the majority of the route with sheep and cattle grazing so take care with dogs, but the fields are very large hillside pastures so you are able to keep a good distance away from any cattle if needed. Approximate time 3.5 to 4 hours.
The walk starts and finishes from the Steel Rigg National Park car park. Make your way to the small hamlet of Once Brewed on the B6318 (a few miles north east of Haltwhistle), approximate post code NE47 7AN. From Once Brewed take the side road north, signed for Steel Rigg. At the top of the hill you will find the Steel Rigg pay and display car park on the right. The fee is £4 for the whole day (correct June 2014).
|Start to Trig Point|
Start point: 55.0031 lat, -2.3909 long
Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance and turn left along the road. After just 50 yards turn right through the kissing gate onto the path signed to Caw Gap. (Note you are likely to come across sheep and cattle grazing from this point). Keep ahead along the right-hand field boundary with the stone wall on the right. At the top of the first field you will come to a wooden gate ahead.
|Trig Point to Caw Gap|
Start point: 55.002 lat, -2.4046 long
Keep straight ahead following the line of the wall on the right, taking time to enjoy the splendid views from this vantage point. Look out for curlews, golden plover and kestrels which are often seen in the area. Take care along this next stretch as there are some steep climbs and descents which are rocky and slippery in parts.
|Caw Gap to Military Road|
Start point: 54.9958 lat, -2.4281 long
Cross over the road and take the kissing gate opposite, signed to Cawfields Quarry. Here you will be following one of the best preserved sections of the wall. Continue past the remains of Caw Gap turret on the right, a watch tower within the wall, and then you will come to a stile ahead. Cross this (there is an easier platform stile just to the right which may be easier for larger dogs) and continue on the path.
|Military Road to Tarmac Lane|
Start point: 54.9881 lat, -2.4458 long
Cross over with care and take the small road opposite, passing the pub on the left. Follow the road climbing steadily passing Bridge House on the right and Park Cottage on the left at the top of the hill. After the next left-hand bend, take the footpath on the left over the ladder stile, signed to Hallpeatmoss.
|Tarmac Lane to Vindolanda|
Start point: 54.9846 lat, -2.4223 long
Turn right following the lane uphill. At the top of the slope, just before the road swings hard right, you will see two footpaths signed to the left. Take the second of these, across a ladder stile, to join the farm track. Take this farm track ahead which follows the line of the stone wall on the left.
|Vindolanda to End|
Start point: 54.9898 lat, -2.3845 long
Continue ahead on the tarmac lane, passing the property Smith’s Shield on the right. Much further along you will come to the National Park visitor centre at Once Brewed on the left. There are public toilets here should you need them.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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