MAR 2022 – 6.6 MILES – CAWFIELD QUARRY TO WALLTOWN QUARRY (PART OF HADRIAN’S WALL, NORTHUMBERLAND)

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After a little set back with my health, this short sunny walk got me through it and did me some good.  Thanks to my sis for recommending this one and supporting me.


Total Distance: 6.6 Miles
Highest Point: 940 Feet
Total Realistic Time: ~2.5 Hours

We decided to stop off at Sally’s for some lunch before we started the hike, a lovely treat from my sis and we also picked up some of their famous scones for after the hike treat.

Lovely small cafe just outside of Carlisle in Warwick Bridge, their scones are the best freshly made daily and they go very quickly. Click on the map to link to Sally’s

More information and menu on their website: www.sallyswarwickbridge.co.uk

We decided to park up at Cawfield Quarry car park, there is a spacious  picnic area and toilets available.  It is a pay and display which takes contactless payments or cash, we paid £5 for all day parking.

Nice hidden car park with picnic areas, comes with lovely views of the quarry

More information about Cawfields follow this link: www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/places-to-visit/hadrians-wall/cawfields/

Started at Cawfield Quarry and headed towards Walltown Quarry.

1. Cawfield Quarry car park walk towards Cockmount Hill via farmers fields
2. Then head along part of Hadrian’s Wall to Walltown
3. At Walltown Quarry there is also a car park, refreshments available and toilet facilities

The day started with a cool light breeze and the sun was out.  Walked through a couple of farm fields heading to Walltown quarry.  The sheep were out as it is lambing season, which was lovely to see.

Milecastle 43 of Hadrian’s Wall – Great Chesters Aesica Roman Fort

Walked through a small forest, there were many old trees that had been uprooted from the latest storms, Arwen one of them.

There are many paths along the route towards Walltown, we took the lower path so we could take the higher path on the way back along some of Hadrian’a Wall.

You get to the Walltown bench and from there you can see the cliffs if you walk further up, unfortunately they have closed the route over the cliffs as they are preserving the area. 

We walked back to the bench and walked back towards Cawfield quarry on the higher path along Hadrian’s wall.  Beautiful views of the wall along the way.

This is the path which takes you to a small incline back to higher ground along Hadrian’s Wall. Does not look too bad here but as it is gradual, it does give you a good little work out.

Not many people out today as it was a week day so we had the views all to ourselves.  

Apart from the small hill up towards part of Hadrian’s wall, it was a leisurely walk on dry stone pathways and some on dry grass so lighter on the feet.

When we got back my lone car was parked in the car park with lovely views of the quarry.  We decided to have a Sally’s scone we got earlier, Double chocolate and orange to treat ourselves with a nice cuppa before we headed back.

Tastes way better than it looks, honestly 🤤

A short walk done with wide views of the surrounding area and parts of the wall.  Very scenic and fresh, I felt a lot better after that.  A good start to 2022 with more walks to come, I hope you get the chance to enjoy them too.


GENERAL EQUIPMENT

  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro (for taking photos/videos)
  • Comfy walking shoes (most important)
  • Waterproofs (to keep warm and dry)
  • Flask with Hot/Cold 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)
  • Walking tuck shop (sis had all the variety of lovely snacks again, never surprises me)

 

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