Hadrian's Wall Path
Northumberland National Park is home to the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail, an unbroken 135 km (84 mile) signposted footpath stretching from coast-to-coast across England.
Hadrian’s Wall Trail Rangers Gary and Tess work to preserve the National Trail for visitors; improving access and helping to protect the archaeology of Hadrian’s Wall.
We talked to Gary about how grassland management is a vital part of maintaining one of the most popular walking routes in the UK.
“The ideal surface for the National Trail is ‘green sward’ or grass. It’s sustainable, self-repairing and natural within the landscape. It helps to create a wearing membrane between walkers and the underlying archaeology.
Much of our time is used maintaining this important ‘green-belt’, trying to present as wide a path as possible. If users of the Trail can walk side-by-side, then you’ve halved the impact on that particular section.”