Hadrian’s Wall - Northumberland
- Hadrian’s Wall - Northumberland
The wall that once separated the Romans from the Barbarians has many great areas to visit. The Sycamore Gap, made famous in the film Robin Hood, is a beautiful little spot found east of Milecastle 39.
Hadrian’s Wall is one of only 28 places in the UK to be granted status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a ruined Roman megastructure that runs 73 miles across Britain from Wallsend in North Tyneside to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria.
There are lots of historic attractions along the wall including various Roman forts, The Great North Museum, The Temple of Mithras and the Housesteads Museum, some of which are free to enter.
In 2003 Hadrian’s Wall became a National Trail. The full walk is 83 miles long, but if you’re just going for the day you might prefer to walk the smaller trails at Housesteads, Corbridge, Chesters or Sycamore Gap.
Cycling holidays are also becoming more popular along the wall, there is a coast to coast cycle path that runs from Silloth to Tynemouth. The cycle will take from 2-5 days depending on your skill level, and there are plenty of cycle friendly places to eat and sleep along the way.
For more information, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk