This short circular walk explores the most dramatic section of Hadrian’s Wall, an 84-mile route that was once the northern frontier of the mighty Roman Empire.
You’ll find history every step of the way if you walk the entire Hadrian’s Wall National Trail from the Cumbrian coast to Newcastle, passing the remains of Roman settlements and forts and tiptoeing along sections of the legendary wall that still stand to this day.
But if you don’t fancy the whole Hadrian’s Wall path, this 7-mile circular route near the town of Haltwhistle in Northumberland covers arguably its most dramatic section.
Starting at Housesteads Visitor Centre and crossing Hotbank Crags on the way to Steel Rigg, you’ll pass historical landmarks and dramatic natural features including one of Britain’s most photographed trees at Sycamore Gap (one for the Robin Hood Prince of Thieves fans out there!).
You’ll return on the Roman Military Way, and go home with your head full of history and tales to tell your friends.
This route was voted 18th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: This bitesize section of the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail crosses some of England’s most dramatic and historical landscapes in just a few short miles.
Nearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Bardon Mill, Carlisle