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 that runs alongside the road heading uphill.
Take the footpath through the kissing gate on the left, signed ‘National Trails/ Caw Gap’. Follow the grassy path straight on, Hadrian’s Wall is on your right.
It's a steady climb up to the trig point on the top of Winshield Crags, the highest point on Hadrian’s Wall at 1,132 ft / 345m. For a longer walk, continue on to Cawfields OR retrace your steps back to your start point.
Follow the path as it goes up and down alongside Hadrian’s Wall. Head down the stone steps to the minor road at Caw Gap.
Cross the road, go through the kissing gate and follow the path signed ‘National Trails /Cawfields Quarry’. Continue alongside the Wall, up and down to Turret 41a, Thorny Doors, Cawfields Crags and then Milecastle 42. Milecastles were small forts built every Roman mile along Hadrian’s Wall.
A short there and back detour up the crag ahead gives great views over Cawfields lake, which was a Whinstone quarry for road- stone from 1902 until 1952, long before Hadrian’s Wall was given World Heritage Site status!
From Milecastle 42 take the path through the gate and head down to Cawfields where there are toilets and a picnic area by the lake. Having explored Cawfields retrace your steps back up to Milecastle 42 and from there return the way you came, back to your start point.