MAY 2021 – 8.4 Miles – HOUSESTEADS TO WALLTOWN (HADRIAN’S WALL, NORTHUMBERLAND)

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It has been a long time since the last time I stayed at my sister’s up in Northumberland due to the pandemic. We decided to do a local walk which we always enjoy, part of the Hadrian’s Wall.


Total Distance: 8.4 Miles
Highest Point: 1095 Feet
Total Realistic Time: ~4 Hours

Housesteads Roman Fort is the remains of an auxiliary fort on Hadrian’s Wall.  It’s ruins are at Housesteads in the civil parish of Bardon Mill in Northumberland, England, south of Broomlee Lough. More information below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Housesteads_Roman_Fort

Allolee to Walltown is the name given to a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Northumberland, England. The site, which follows the path of a section of Hadrian’s Wall, is notable for an unusually wide range of grassland types growing on thin soil above the Whin Sill, a rock formation peculiar to the Northern Pennines.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allolee_to_Walltown

My sister, brother and I got a lift to Housesteads where we met our sister-in-law at the car park who decided to join us for the walk.

Following is the route we took:

We did not know it yet, but it was one of the hottest days of the weekend. We were not prepared and we all got a little sunburnt as there is not a lot of shade along the wall, it is very open.

The terrain from Housesteads to Cawfields is very up and down, very good workout for the legs especially in the heat.

Had a very refreshing ice cream whilst waiting for our lift back, it was a very very hot day.

I love this walk, it gives you a good workout, you cannot get lost and you always get good views of the surroundings.


GENERAL EQUIPMENT

  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro (for photos/videos)
  • Comfy walking shoes (most important)
  • Flask with Hot drink (a good cuppa is always welcome)
  • ibuprofen (helping hand if you have any aches and pains)
  • Food and snacks (fuel to keep you going)
  • Suntan Lotion (very much needed on this walk however we all forgot)

 

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