Witness the stunning views, explore the natural wilderness and become immersed in history while visiting Hadrian’s Wall and Housesteads Fort.
Hadrian’s Wall, an epic structure, kept the unwanted out and the welcome safe. Making use of the natural Whin Sill escarpment, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the Roman Empire’s best-maintained outpost in northern Europe.
Nestled within Northumberland National Park, it really is quite a treat. There are invigorating walks and breathtaking landscapes.
Venture alongside Hadrian’s Wall to Milecastle 37 and the famous Sycamore Gap, taking in the sights as you go. It’s a real testament to the Romans, as well as their planning, tenacity, and power.
The Sycamore Gap tree is one of most photographed in the country. It stands in a dramatic dip in Hadrian’s Wall in the Northumberland National Park. In late 2016 it took the crown for English Tree of the Year in the Woodland Trust’s awards.
The Roman Milecastle 39 is just to its left. It’s known as Castle Nick, as it sits in a nick in the hillside. The circular wall nearby protects a small replacement sycamore sapling from the local sheep, who would otherwise nibble on it. Sycamore Gap is looked after by both Northumberland National Park and the National Trust.
Head to Housesteads Roman Fort for a real insight into Roman military life and discover the past behind the archaeological remains, using the stone walls as a guide around the village south of the fort and envisage the different chambers and rooms. Plus, you might just see some of the oldest toilets around.
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Price is free