Our Walltown Visitor Centre is currently open from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday to Sunday.

It’s great to explore Walltown with its tall crags around the large hollow left after quarrying. Here you can see how Hadrian’s Wall was built on the sheer north-facing edge of a great wave of volcanic rock.

Walltown features woodland, meadows, wildlife lakes car parking, toilets and firm paths. Pleasant circular walks can be enjoyed with great views all around.

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Walltown Visitor Centre

Our Walltown Visitor Centre is open from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday to Sunday.

A warm welcome awaits you at Walltown. Our newly refurbished visitor facility offers a warm and inviting seating area, as well as new washroom and fully accessible toilet facilities with 24-hour access.

Visitor Welcome Assistants will be available to provide information at key times through the week and staff a small kiosk selling refreshments including hot and cold drinks, cold snacks and a small range of merchandise.

Walltown Visitors Centre

The refurbishment and development of the visitor centre at Walltown Country Park has been made possible thanks to funding from the RDPE Growth Programme, which provided 80% of the £108,000 investment.

The History of Walltown

Opened in 1876, Walltown Quarry was the largest ‘whinstone quarry’ on Hadrian’s Wall and produced huge quantities of road chippings.

Some of the characteristics that make the Whin Sill an impressive landscape also make it useful to man and a commercially viable stone to quarry. Its hardness and resistance to wear or becoming polished by wear are just the properties needed to make modern road surfaces.

A photo of the quarry at Walltown taken in 1985

The ‘whinstone’ at Walltown is part of a series of huge sheets of dolerite which underlie large parts of northeast England and known collectively as the Whin Sill. This same rock crops out east of here in a ridge extending to Sewingshields Crag, then again at Craster, the Farne Islands and Bamburgh; and to the south at High Cup Nick and High Force in County Durham.

A view of Walltown Quarry from the 1980s

All the quarrying and the kerbstone and sett making (setts are squared blocks for paving roads), was done by hand in the nineteenth century, with machines to make the job easier being introduced as technology developed.


Peace Labyrinth

A chance to walk through thousands of willow plants in 20 different colours. It was designed by artists Glynis Rose and Ruth Gowland and planted in 2011. The project was initially developed and managed by the artists in conjunction with Ron Moule of Twhist Community Arts.

The Peace Labyrinth at Walltown

The labyrinth constructed at Walltown is based on the pattern of the seven-path Cretan labyrinth. More than 1000 willow trees have been planted to create the walls, using over 20 different varieties and a range of colours. The trees, once fully grown, will form a giant labyrinth measuring more than 150 feet in diameter. With only one path in and out, there is no chance of getting lost.

Dark Sky Discovery

Walltown Quarry (not including the crags overlooking the site) is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site perfect for viewing the dark skies over the Northumberland National Park. Dark Sky Discovery Sites are places that:

  • are away from the worst of any local light pollution
  • provide good sightlines of the sky
  • have good public access, including firm ground for wheelchairs. The sites are generally freely accessible at all times – please check the links for any special access arrangements.

NOTE: Please be aware that this site is very dark indeed and great care must be taken around the lakeside and crags!

Getting there


From the A1, follow A69 to the B630. Take the Glenwhelt Bank/B6318 to your destination.


The Hadrian’s Wall Bus stops at Walltown.

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Dave Richardson and family

Dave Richardson

Volunteer Coordinator

With a young family, we find ourselves returning to Walltown Country Park on Hadrian’s Wall time after time. We take a picnic and walk our dogs. The accessible paths are great for our three-year-old on his balance bike and there’s plenty of space for him to run around.