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Greenlee Lough Walk

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Map of Greenlee Lough Walk

A. Leave Steel Rigg car park by the gate in the corner signposted ‘Hadrian’s Wall’. When you meet Hadrian’s Wall turn left through a gate and follow the wall down a grassy bank to meet a paved path at the bottom. Turn left onto the path and  climb steeply to the top of Peel Crags. Follow the path alongside the wall to Milecastle 39 and Sycamore Gap.

B. Keep following the path along to Highshield Crags looking down to Crag Lough (pronounced “loff”). Take care, there are steep drops here! At the entrance to Hotbank Farm go over the stile on your right, cross the farm track and follow the pitched path, go through the wicket gate signposted ‘National Trail Housesteads 11/2 miles’. Continue up the grassy track to the timber ladder stile.

C. Cross the stile, keeping the wall to your left and follow the path up Hotbank Crags. Continue walking along the Crags and descend to Rapishaw Gap.

D. On the left cross the timber ladder stile, and follow the direction of the Pennine Way signposted, ‘Leadgate 71/4 miles’. Continue on the Pennine Way towards the forest edge.

E. Turn left onto the track signposted ‘Greenlee 1 mile’. Follow the waymarked route until you reach the permissive path signed ‘Greenlee Bird Hide’. Follow this to the bird hide. This is an ideal place to stop and look at wildlife of the lough.

F. Go from the birdhide and turn left following the path through the hay meadow, keeping the wire fence on your left. Continue along the edge of woodland to the end. Go through a wicket gate, and follow the fence line on your right over rough ground to reach the start of the boardwalk. This section of boardwalk was installed to protect the fragile wet habitats on the edge of the lough. Please keep to the boardwalk at all times, and take care when the boardwalk is wet, or in times of flood.

G. At the junction of the two boardwalks, head left and continue on the route crossing over a timber footbridge and then on to the end of the boardwalk. Keeping the woodland wall to your left follow the line of electricity poles, follow the waymarked route passing through two footpath gates.

H. Go through the footpath gate and turn left onto the tarmac road. Follow the track road uphill, at the T junction turn left onto a minor road leading to Steel Rigg. From here there are good views of Whinshields Crags the highest point on Hadrian’s Wall.


A varied walk taking a section of Hadrian’s Wall Trail, the Pennine Way and Greenlee Lough National Nature Reserve.

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Getting There

Greenlee Lough WalkFrom the West: Follow the B6318 (Military Road) from Greenhead to the cross-roads with the National Park Centre at Once Brewed. Turn left signposted ‘Steel Rigg’.

From the East: Follow the B6318 (Military Road) west to the cross-roads with the National Park Centre at Once Brewed.Turn right signposted ‘Steel Rigg’.

Bus: The Hadrian’s Wall bus AD122 stops at the National Park Centre at Once Brewed on the B6318 (Military Road).Walk up the narrow road signed ‘Steel Rigg’ to start the walk. Contact Traveline for times.

  • Greenlee Lough is used as winter feeding site for several species of wildfowl including the ducks, teal, wigeon and goldeneye and whooper swans.
  • In summer mute swans and mallards breed and if you are lucky you may see an otter and roe deer.
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