Vindolanda & Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy walk along the most scenic part of Hadrian’s Wall, involving some short, sharp ascents.  Take time to visit Vindolanda Roman Fort and The Sill.

Terrain – footpaths, tracks and road, some short steep ascents, may be muddy in places.  Stiles, gates, and steps on the route.

Please keep dogs on a lead, livestock (sheep and cattle) graze the fields along Hadrian’s Wall.

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Walk overview

Walk difficulty
Moderate
Walk distance
6 miles / 9.6km
Walk duration
3.5 hours
Location
Hadrian's Wall
Recommended OS Map
O.S. Explorer OL42 Kielder Water & Forest
Accessible
No
Dog friendly
Yes

Step by step route

Starting from outside the Sill

Starting from outside the Sill. Facing the main entrance follow the path around the right hand side of the building to the wicket gate by the main road. Cross the road into the small woodland and turn left up the footpath alongside the road, heading uphill.

At the corner cross the road by Peel Bothy Cottage

At the corner cross the road by Peel Bothy Cottage. Go through the gate signed 'Hadrian's Wall', keep to the left-hand path heading up to Hadrian's Wall. Go through the gate in Hadrian's Wall and turn right down the flagged path.

Climb up the steep stone steps

Climb up the steep stone steps to the top of Peel Crags and continue on the path alongside Hadrian's Wall as it goes up and down to Milecastle 39 and Sycamore Gap.

Continue on, up Highshield Crags

Continue on, up Highshield Crags where you look down to Crag Lough. Take care along the crags - steep drops!

Follow the path through the wood

Follow the path through the wood and go through the gate, then another gate on your right.

Cross over the farm track

Cross over the farm track and keep to the path through the gate, signed 'Housesteads'. Follow the path up to the top of Hotbank Crags.

Go down the steep stone steps

Go down the steep stone steps, at the Pennine Way sign (heading left), do not go through the gate. Instead, turn south (right) along the grassy track that zig-zags downhill to the main road.

At the road turn right

At the road turn right and walk 50 metres, cross carefully, and head down the road signed 'Bardon Mill'. Go past Crindledykes Limekiln.

At the junction turn right

At the junction turn right and keep following the road downhill.

Turn right down the single track road signed 'Vindolanda'.

Turn right down the single track road signed 'Vindolanda'. Go past the entrance to Vindolanda Roman Fort, well worth a visit if you have time. Keep to the road, passing Causeway House with its heather thatched roof.

Turn right at the T-junction

Turn right at the T-junction and head along the road until you come to The Sill on your left (entry is free and well worth a visit).

Walk route

Getting there

By Road:

If you are travelling from the WEST along the A69 (from M6/Carlisle), follow the brown & white tourism signs to “Hadrian’s Wall”. As you near the junction, near Greenhead, turn left off the A69 and follow the signs to “The Sill”.

If you are travelling from the EAST along the A69 (from A1/ Newcastle), follow the brown & white tourism signs to “Hadrian’s Wall”.  Take the slip road off the A69 towards Corbridge. At the roundabout at the bottom of the slip road, take the third exit onto the A68.  At the Errington Arms turn left on to the B6318 and follow the signs to “The Sill”.

The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre is located at NE47 7AN