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Walking into the past

Thirlwall Castle Walk

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A. Park in Greenhead, opposite the Church. From the telephone box, walk along Station Road to the gate at the end. Take the footpath to the right, signed the Pennine Way and Thirlwall Castle. At the path end go through the wicket gate and turn right.

B. Cross the footbridge and follow the Tipalt Burn upstream to Thirlwall Castle. Once you have looked around the ruins go back down the track and cross the footbridge over the Tipalt Burn following Hadrian’s Wall Path/Pennine Way up-hill past Holmhead. Continue along the footpath following the course of Hadrian’s Wall to the road.

C. Turn right onto the road.You will pass Northumberland National Park picnic area at Walltown where there are visitor facilities.

D. Continue on the road, turn left into Carvoran Roman Army Museum car park. A waymarked stile in the stone wall near the Museum takes you on a path across the fields back towards Greenhead.

E. When you come to the road (B6318 Military Road) turn right and walk along the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail cycle path down hill into Greenhead.


Life in Northumberland between 1300 and 1600 was dangerous and unstable. Important families such as the Thirlwalls protected themselves against attack by building strong defensible homes like the one here at Thirlwall Castle.

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Getting There

Thirlwall Castle WalkFrom West on A69: Turn left off the A69 to Greenhead. *Turn right onto the B6318 (Military Road). Approximately 3/4mile
past Greenhead take the first left, signed Walltown Quarry and Carvoran Roman Army Museum.

From East on A69: Turn right off the A69 to Greenhead. * Follow as above.

From East on B6318 (Military Road): Pass Housesteads, Once Brewed and Cawfields heading towards Greenhead. Turn right signed Walltown Quarry and Carvoran Roman Army Museum.

  • Carvoran Roman Army Museum is well worth a visit for its unique collection of artefacts illustrating what life was like for Roman soldiers and a fascinating Eagle’s Eye film taking in points of interest along the Wall (open from Easter to October).
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