For October’s Walk of the Month, we’re going to be taking a step back in time to explore one of the finest historical attractions that England has to offer: Hadrian’s Wall. Built 1800 years ago and stretching from the Solway Coast in the West all the way across to Wallsend just outside of Newcastle upon Tyne, the wall is one of just 29 sites in the UK that feature on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Between Hadrian’s Wall itself and the stunning scenery of the surrounding areas, any stretch of the path would be great for an autumnal stroll but we think we’ve managed to track down the best route, so take a look!
Not only taking you along one of the most impressive sections of wall still standing, this route also gives you the chance to explore a couple of the best attractions linked to Hadrian’s wall – Vindolanda and Housesteads. It may be a fair distance at about 7 and a half miles long, so the walk could take four and a half hours to complete, maybe even longer if you stop off at any of the attractions, but it’s well worth it!
Starting in the car park at Housesteads, you’ll want to head up the hill towards the old fort and museum, feel free to pop in for a look!
Once you’ve finished at Housesteads, follow the tarmac road south-west towards the B6318. Once you reach the road, head right and immediately cross the road and climb the stile signposted for Crinkledykes. Follow the path for three quarters of a mile before joining the road (the Roman Stanegate).
You’ll want to take the second right on the Stanegate which should be signposted for Vindolanda. As with Housesteads, a visit to Vindolanda comes well recommended so don’t be afraid to stop off for a while. Once you’re done, follow the track at the back of Vindolanda which will see you rejoin Stanegate further up the road.
When you reach the junction, take the right which will lead you to the Once Brewed National Park Visitor Centre, there you’ll want to cross the B6318 and follow the signposts for Steel Rigg. Before you reach the Steel Rigg car park, you should see signs for the Hadrian’s Wall Path; when you find the path head over the ladder stile and follow the path back to the Housesteads car park.
Rent a cottage near Hadrian’s Wall with Sykes
So what are you waiting for? Happily, here at Sykes we’ve got a wide variety of cottages right on the doorstep of Hadrian’s Wall, all of which would be perfect for putting your feet up after a long afternoon’s stroll, take a look here to find them all.