Leave Steel Rigg View car park by the wicket gate in the corner, signposted ‘Hadrian’s Wall’. Follow the footpath straight on. When you meet Hadrian’s Wall turn left through the gate. Follow Hadrian’s Wall down a grassy bank to meet a paved footpath at the bottom. Turn left onto this path and climb steeply up to the top of Peel Crags.
Follow the footpath alongside Hadrian’s Wall to Milecastle 39, then the tree at Sycamore Gap. Milecastles are small fortified gateways, built every Roman Mile, often protecting weak points along the Wall.
Keep following the footpath, which goes along the top of Highshield Crags, where you look down to Crag Lough, a glacial lake. Take care – very steep drop here! Follow the path through the wood and go through the gate. Continue along the path and go through the next gate on your right.
Cross the farm track and follow the paved path through the gate, signposted ‘Housesteads’. Keep on the grassy path up towards the farm.
At Hotbank Farm gate, cross over the stone step stile on your left. Go straight ahead keeping the farm buildings on your left, then through the gate, and along the track to a ladder stile by a gate.
Turn immediately left and go over a step stile by the footpath sign. Head straight across the field, and over the stile. Cross the next field to the footpath sign.
Turn right onto a farm track until you reach a ladder stile. Cross the stile and head across the next field to an enclosure and barn.
Keeping the dry stone wall on your right, follow the path until it becomes a farm track. Continue along the track until you reach the tarmac road. Turn left onto the road, and follow it uphill back to the car park.