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panoramic views, forts and castles

Aesica Roman Fort & Thirlwall Castle

Date: 16th April 2017
Time: 10:30 am  to  4:00 pm

Join our guided walk to Aesica Roman Fort & Thirlwall Castle.

Our route follows some of the most impressive sections of Hadrian’s Wall with excellent panoramic views before visiting the fort at Aesica with its impressive altar where people still leave their “offerings” today.

We then head north from Walltown Gap to the Tipalt Burn before following the path downstream to Thirlwall Castle, a 14th century stronghold against the “Border Reivers”. Enjoy fabulous views and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this border region.

Discover the best routes in the Northumberland National Park on our Volunteer Guided Walks. Get outside, enjoy your time walking and leave the planning and navigation to us; it’s what we’re best at.

Nobody knows the best places to walk in the National Park like our volunteers so you’ll never be short of local history, stories, features and viewpoints.

Places for this walk should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment and in the event we need to contact you to cancel or postpone due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Lace up your boots and enjoy a great time outside.

Please dress for changeable weather, wear walking boots or shoes and bring drinks and snacks. Whilst well behaved dogs are welcome, please take note of any specific instructions by the walk leader and the concerns of others.  If you have not already booked online, please pay on arrival.

Duration – 5.5 hours

Distance – 8.5 miles

Category – Strenuous.  Long and energetic walks up to 18km (11 miles). Some ascents and descents may be quite steep and on loose material.  A good level of fitness is needed.

Starting point (please meet here approx 10 minutes before the start time): Walltown Quarry Country Park (National Park car park)

Directions: On the A69 (Newcastle to Carlisle road) take the B6318, signed ‘Greenhead’ after 1 mile take a left to Walltown. Walltown car park is just past the Roman Army museum on the right.  (Hadrian’s Wall Bus stops here)

OS Grid Ref: NY 669 659

Postcode: CA8 7JD

For those wishing to use GPS/Sat-Nav to find walk start points please note that, particularly in open country, postcodes cover a large area, so, whilst the postcode will get you to the right general area, you will still need to follow the detailed directions to locate the actual Walk Start Point.


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