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Patrick Pope

Walk description:

This is a moderate to difficult 6 mile, circular walk with stunning views of the beautiful Nothumberland countryside. It runs along the most scenic section of historic Hadrian’s Wall including the famous Sycamore Gap to the Roman Fort of [Housesteads], where we will stop for lunch. There will be chance to visit the Fort, one of the best preserved Roman forts in Britain or the Museum which showcases objects once belonging to Roman soldiers (the attractions are free if you are a member of The National Trust or English Heritage but it is unlikely you will have time to visit both).
There are 2 options for this walk:
– upper level: alongside the Wall-more physically demanding and requiring a good level of fitness as there are a number of steep steps to negotiate.
– lower level: less physically demanding with a couple of smaller inclines, but otherwise flat and wide, mainly grassy paths.
The two paths converge along the route before we head to Housetsteads.
The return half of the walk is mainly flat, with wide, grass paths, suitable for all the group to walk together. Sturdy walking boots and appropriate clothing for all weathers are recommended.

Start point and time:

Meet at The Sill (National Landscape Discovery Centre, NE47 7AN) for an 11a.m. start. Parking is £5 for the day.
The Sill is a modern centre with exhibitions, cafes, toilet facilities and a rooftop terrace offering great views of the local countryside. You may decide to arrive earlier to have a look around the centre which is open from 10am and has free entry.

Directions to Start:

Head west out of Hexham along the A69, the journey should take approx 25 mins. Follow the brown signs for The Sill as you get near to it.

Contact number:

Patrick: 0770815206


Not required for the walks over the weekend.


 Risk Assessment for the walk attached below