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Best viewpoint on Hadrian's Wall and beautiful glacial lake

Steel Rigg & Crag Lough

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Spectacular views of Hadrian's Wall

Crag Lough in Northumberland National Park by David Taylor.

The summer sun shines on the beautiful Crag Lough. Photo by David Taylor.

This lake was formed by glaciers in the last Ice Age.


Visit for: Probably the best viewpoint of Hadrian’s Wall. You can see it snaking up and along the crags, with the lake of Crag Lough in the distance.

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What’s on offer

Car parking at Steel Rigg car park – OS Map grid reference NY750676 – or 700m from Once Brewed National Park Visitor Centre. There is a daily charge of £4 per vehicle, per day, but tickets are transferable between Northumberland National Park car parks along the route of Hadrian’s Wall.

Steel Rigg at Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland National Park by Roger Clegg.

The mist rolls across the valley before impacting upon Steel Rigg, with Hadrian’s Wall perched on top. Photo by Roger Clegg.

Getting There

Car: From the A1, follow the A69 and turn off onto Park Lane. Follow that road to the car park for Steel Rigg.

  • Crag Lough is one of four Roman Wall Loughs.
  • The other three are Broomlee, Greenlee and Halleypike.
Point of Interest

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Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.

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