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 3a. SPECTACULAR WALKING A walk on Hadrian's Wall in the Housesteads and Crag Lough Area

Illustrates Walk 1 "Hadrian's Wall" in Alan Hall's "Dalesman walking Guides - North Pennines"

Hadrian's Wall nearly 2000 years ago defined the division between 'Romanised' Britain from the wild more northern Scottish lands of the Picts. It is a remarkable construction will preserved sections to this day and punctuated with many forts. Hadrian's Wall between Twice Brewed and Housesteads Fort is well worth a visit on holidays in Northumberland and the Border Country of England-Scotland. This wonderful spectacle of Hadrian's Wall, a World Heritage Site, is only an hours drive from Newcastle and near Crag Lough, and high on the crags is some of the most scenic walking on Hadrian's Wall.

These pictures illustrate a clockwise circular walk from Housesteads Fort passing west by Crag Lough, Steel Rigg car park, and east on return via Peatrigg Plantation and rejoining the wall at King's Wicket, before heading west again to Housesteads Fort.

See also VINDOLANDA FORT pictures and Housesteads Fort

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Looking east by Housesteads Fort, but our walk heads west first.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: The wall on High Crag

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Looking north from High Crags

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Looking east towards Broomlee Lough

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Looking north through the gateway at Milecastle 37

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Above and below: A magnificent stretch of wall, looking east from west of Milecastle 37.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: The view west  to Crag Lough from Hotbank Farm, the site of Milecastle 38

 

Crag Lough below the line the wall follows on Cuddy's Crags above it.

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Crag Lough below the line the wall follows over Cuddy's Crags above it.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Crag Lough looking west. At this point you swing around clockwise to head for the ridge of Scots pines on the left. The shot is near Hotbanks Farm looking west.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Crag Lough is a National Trust site and this section of Hadrian's Wall walk passes through the Northumberland National park.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: The view north from Highshield Crags

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: The path on Highshield Crags

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: The Scots Pines above Crag Lough and the line of the Wall is on the right.

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Looking north across crag Lough.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Above and below: View of Crag Lough from the wall

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: On top of Cuddy's Crags/Highshield Crags looking west across Crag Lough.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Sycamore Gap - the 'Kevin Costner' tree! - scene of fight from the film Robin Hood ?

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Walking on Hadrian's Wall: A section of Hadrian's Wall.

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: A classic view of Hadrian's Wall.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Another good stretch of Hadrian's Wall.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Above and below: Hadrian's Wall at Milecastle 39

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Milecastle 39 shot from the west side looking east.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: The ruins of Milecastle 39 shot from the east side looking west, one which has been fully archaeologically investigated. The archaeology of Hadrian's Wall, the many forts, training camps etc. has added much to the social and military history of Roman Britain.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Looking east with Crag Lough and Highshield Crag on the distant right.

 

Hadrian's Wall between Mile Castle and Housesteads Fort.

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Hadrian's Wall - looking west towards Steel Rigg

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: The square base of a Roman tower or turret west of Milecastle 39. The pub at Twice Brewed can just be seen on the far left.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: A section of Hadrian's Wall as we near Steel Rigg car park (seen on the far right).

 

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: The view east from by Steel Rigg pay-and-display car park.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: A good starting Point is pay & display car park at Steel Rigg.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Looking and heading east from just north of Steel Rigg car-park.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: You head east clockwise from north of Crag Loch which soon comes into view.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Looking east, passing sheep near Peatrigg Plantation - Crag Lough on the right.

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: The undulating hills and crags are all lined up on the right looking south - the path goes over all these crags.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: View east, east of Peatrigg Plantation.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: The limekilns east of Peatrigg plantation.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Looking east along the muddy track ...

 

... and it gets muddier near Broomlee Lough

 

Looking north to the Scottish border.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Crag Lough and the Scots Pine trees on the ridge of volcanic Highshield Crags.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Crag Lough is below the line Hadrian's Wall follows on Cuddy's Crags above it.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Heading for Hotbank Farm, but we head to the north of it.

 

 

 

 

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: We people look so small in the wide landscape of the 'wild' English-Scottish Borderlands!

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: View north across Broomlee Lough

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: View west of King's Wicket, looking towards Housesteads Fort

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Looking west along the wall upto Housesteads Fort.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Knag Burn Gateway, just to the west of Housesteads Fort, a rare example of gateway through the wall, other than those at a fort or Milecastle.

 

Walking on Hadrian's Wall: Back to Housesteads Fort

END OF WALK

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