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National Trust Sycamore Gap walk, Northumberland

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Sycamore Gap
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Sycamore Gap
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Sycamore Gap
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Sycamore Gap
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Sycamore Gap
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Walk Details

This short out-and-back walk visits the location where the iconic tree at Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall once stood – it was one of the most recognisable landmarks in the British countryside.

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Sadly the Sycamore tree was felled illegally in September 2023, forever changing the landscape of what still remains a beautiful walk.

This route is linear – meaning you walk back the way you came – but if you were to take an OS map you could make it circular or look up public transport for the return leg.

Many ask why Sycamore Gap, as well as Rapishaw Gap and Milking Gap, are known as gaps! These ‘nicks’ in the Whin Sill rock layer are meltwater channels, naturally carved by vast amounts of water flowing beneath the ice sheets that once covered this area.

This is a beautiful walk and by starting at Housesteads you can look around the old Roman fort to understand a bit about the history of Hadrian’s Wall before you begin. Once the north-western frontier of the mighty Roman Empire and stretching for 73 miles from west to east across Britain, it has to be walked to be believed.

Carpark: Start: 7 Military Road, Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7AE End: Steel Rigg car park, Henshaw, Northumberland NE47 7AN

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Bardon Mill, Newcastle

Local Information

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".