National Trust Sycamore Gap Walk, Northumberland

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trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Haydon Bridge

Nearest Mainline Train Station:
Newcastle

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”.

Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves
As well as being home to England’s largest single drop waterfall which are only a hop away from the Pennine trail. Hardraw force is also familiar as the location where maid Marian catches Robin Hood. Along this trail, fans of Robin Hood will also recognise Sycamore Gap and a distinctive tree standing alongside a section of Hadrian’s wall.

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Walk Details
This route is linear, you walk back the way you came, however, if you were to take an OS map you can make it circular or look up the public transport.

Many ask why Sycamore Gap (as well as Rapishaw Gap, possibly the first you encountered and Milking Gap) are… gaps! These ‘nicks’ in the Whin Sill are meltwater channels, naturally carved by vast amounts of meltwater 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 hadrians wall before you begin.

Carpark: Steel Rigg car park, Henshaw, Northumberland NE47 7AN