A leisurely walk around Thirlwall Castle

Step back in time with our Thirlwall Castle Walk.

Life in Northumberland between 1300 and 1600 was dangerous and unstable. Important families such as the Thirlwalls protected themselves against attack by building strong defensible homes like the one here at Thirlwall Castle.

You can learn more about the history of Thirlwall Castle on our website here.

The logo for the Hadrian's Wall 1900 festival

Walk overview

Walk difficulty
Walk distance
2 miles / 3.2km
Walk duration
2 hours
Hadrian's Wall
Recommended OS Map
O.S. Explorer OL43
Dog friendly

Step by step route

Walk along Station Road

Park at Greenhead, by the Church. Cross the main road and walk down the side of the village hall along Station Road to the gate at the end. Take the footpath to the right of the gate, signed the Pennine Way and Thirlwall Castle. At the end of the path, end go through the gate and turn right.

Follow the Tipalt Burn upstream to Thirlwall Castle

Cross the footbridge and continue straight on through the gate following the Tipalt Burn upstream to Thirlwall Castle. Once you have looked around the ruins go down the track and cross the footbridge over the Tipalt Burn following Hadrian’s Wall Path/Pennine Way up-hill past Holmhead. Continue along the footpath following the course of Hadrian’s Wall over two fields to the road.

Turn right onto the road

Turn right onto the road. You will pass Northumberland National Park picnic area at Walltown Country Park where there are visitor facilities.

Turn right alongside the Carvoran Roman Army Museum

Continue on the road, turn right just before the Carvoran Roman Army Museum car park. A waymarked stile in the stone wall just past the Museum takes you on a path across the fields back towards Greenhead.

Turn right and walk along the Hadrian’s Cycleway cycle path

When you come to the road (B6318 Military Road) turn right and walk along the Hadrian’s Cycleway cycle path downhill into Greenhead.

Walk route

Getting there

The starting point for the walk is at Greenhead, opposite the Church.

From West on A69

Turn left off the A69 to Greenhead. *Turn right onto the B6318 (Military Road). After approximately 100 yards turn right and park on the road by the church.

From East on A69

Turn right off the A69 to Greenhead. * Follow as above.

From East on B6318 (Military Road)

Pass Housesteads, The Sill and Cawfields heading towards Greenhead. Turn left after entering Greenhead and park on the road by the church.

Grid Ref: NY 660 653

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