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Slow Travel Google Map: United Kingdom, Hadrians Wall

Author: PatrickLondon
Notes: December 2006: Hadrian's Wall in northern England. The Wall was built in the AD120s by the Emperor Hadrian from coast to coast to protect the Roman province against the unconquered tribes to the north. A National Trail runs along the line of the Wall, passing many remains and offering access to some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain; and there are good bus and train links making day trips easy. This is a first Google-sketch of a map, so please follow the links for official information and advice about maps and walking guides. See Trip Report 1057.

Ancient Monuments

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Remains of a Roman Fort set in the longest continuous stretch of visible wall, with a small museum and visitor centre.

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Bowness on Solway

Start/end of the Hadrian's Wall Path, and of the AD122 bus route that follows it. The remains of the Wall itself are no longer visible here, but there are scenic views to Scotland across the Solway Firth.

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Thirlwall Castle

Remains of a castle built with stone taken in mediaeval times from the Wall.

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Willowford bridge

A complete set of foundations for a Roman bridge - the river has changed its course quite a distance since then. On top of the hill to the east of the bridge is an ancient farm building incorporating a stone from the Wall identifying the Roman builders.

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Large Towns

Carlisle

Another city with Roman origins, an eventful history and a handsome castle.

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Newcastle city centre: Grey St (SV)

Newcastle's handsome 19th century heart.

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Driving Route

AD122 bus route

Although not the only bus route running close to the Wall, the AD122 was designed with the interests of visitors and walkers in mind. It makes it possible to visit for short walks on day trips, or an easy exit if the weather turns bad or the effort is greater than expected!

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Carlisle-Settle Railway

One of the most scenic lines in Britain, running through the Yorkshire Dales. Saved from closure by some energetic campaigning, it provides access for walkers to some wild and beautiful countryside.

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Museums

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum (SV)

Remains and reconstruction of a supply garrison for the Wall.

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Carvoran Roman Army Museum

Associated with Vindolanda, this museum is perhaps more child-oriented, with a film and multi-media presentations.

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Chesters Roman Fort and Museum

Chesters Fort was built to guard the Roman bridge which carried Hadrian's Wall and the military road over the River North Tyne. Remains of gateways, walls, bath-houses and other buildings of the fort, and an old-style museum of archaelogical finds.

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Corbridge Roman Fort and Museum

Remains of Roman garrison buildings and a section of Roman road.

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Housesteads Roman Fort & Museum

Remains of a complete Roman fort: the foundations of the commandant's house, barrack and storage rooms, bath-house and celebrated latrines (complete with graphic display board), and a small museum. Situated near the most dramatic scenery along the Wall.

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Newcastle Museum of Antiquities (SV)

Principal museum of local archaeology, of all periods and interests.

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Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum (SV)

Start/end of the Hadrian's Wall Path. Remains/reconstruction of Roman fort and bath-house with interactive museum.

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Senhouse Roman Museum

Remains of a Roman fort. The museum displays Roman military altar stones and inscriptions, and unique examples of Romano-British religious sculpture.

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Tullie House Museum & Gallery

Local history museum and art gallery, including displays about the Wall and life in the Roman town that preceded Carlisle.

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Vindolanda Fort and Museum

Remains of a Roman fort, older than Hadrian's Wall and part of an earlier defensive system. This is also the principal museum of archaeological finds connected with the Wall, most strikingly, rare preserved writing tablets giving a unique insight into daily life among the military on this "wild frontier" of Roman civilization. Combined entrance ticket can also cover Carvoran Roman Army Museum.

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Public Services

Carlisle TIC

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Newcastle TIC (SV)

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Once Brewed (TIC)

Visitor Centre for information about the Northumberland National Park in general, as well as Hadrian's Wall.

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Sights

Newcastle Quayside (SV)

Views of Newcastle's iconic bridges, including the new "winking" Millennium Bridge, and centre of Newcastle's nightlife.

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SAGE and BALTIC, Gateshead (SV)

The arts and music centre regenerating the heart of industrial Gateshead. SAGE is a stunning new concert hall and performance space, and BALTIC is a flour mill converted into a gallery of contemporary art.

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Winshields Crags

One of the more dramatic pieces of scenery on the Wall, where the path comes closest to a cliff edge.

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Towns

Haltwhistle

Pleasant small town on the railway and AD122 bus route: would make a good base for a visit to the scenic central section of the Wall.

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Hexham

An historic town and local centre, with a tourist information centre and all services.

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Transportation

Bardon Mill Station

Trains to Carlisle and Newcastle

Carlisle Station

Trains to London, Glasgow and Newcastle, and (via the scenic Carlisle-Settle line) to Leeds; also a stop on the AD122 Hadrian's Wall bus.

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Haltwhistle Station

Trains to Carlisle and Newcastle, and AD122 bus

Haydon Bridge Station

Trains to Carlisle and Newcastle

Hexham Station

Trains to Carlisle and Newcastle, and AD122 bus.

Newcastle Central Station (SV)

Trains to and from London, Edinburgh, York, Carlisle; and terminus for the AD122 bus that follows the line of the Wall.

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Villages

Gilsland

Pleasant village on Hadrian's Wall Path.

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Greenhead

Pleasant village on the Hadrian's Wall Path with a good hotel.

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Humshaugh

Pretty village with shops and accommodation

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Walking Route 1

Hadrian's Wall Path

This national trail follows the line of the Wall. Along its line remains of the foundations of forts, turrets and milecastles can be seen, though the most visible remains are in the central section (see Walking Path 2).

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Walking Route 2

Hadrian's Wall on display

The more scenic central part of the Hadrian's Wall Path, with dramatic scenery and more of the Wall itself to see.

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