A “barbarian” view of the Wall

A “barbarian” view of the Wall


Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland National Park


  • Turn right out of Steel Rigg car park and in a couple of hundred yards bear right along a track signed “footpath to Hotbank 1 1/2 miles”, towards first Peatrigg plantation, then the buildings of Peatrigg and Longside.
  • Continue east and soon after crossing a second footbridge take the path signed to the right towards Hotbank farm.
  • Emerge onto Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail at the earthwork remains of Milecastle 38. Turn right and follow the National Trail Acorn waymarks back towards Steel Rigg.


  • Hadrian’s Wall
  • Landscape panoramas
  • Steel Rigg
  • Sycamore Gap
  • The barbarian view of the Wall, from the north
  • The Whin Sill

Nearby attractions

  • Brocolitia Fort and the Temple of Mithras
  • Cawfield Crags
  • Chesters Roman Fort (English Heritage)
  • Hexham market town
  • Housesteads Roman Fort (English Heritage / National Trust)
  • Northumberland National Park Centre, Once Brewed
  • Pennine Way National Trail
  • Roman Army Museum (Carvoran)
  • Roman Vindolanda
  • Walltown Crags
  • Whinshields highest point on Hadrian’s Wall 345 metres (1,132 ft)
Route image: 
Route type: 
3 1/2 miles
Estimated walk time: 
2+ hours
Strenuous (several steep slopes)
Suggested start/finish: 
Steel Rigg car park (Grid Ref: NY 751 677)
Tourist information: 
Once Brewed Visitor Centre Tel: 01434 344396
Public transport: 
AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus (between Easter and October)
Ordnance Survey Map: 
Explorer (OL) 43 Hadrian’s Wall
Places to eat and drink: 
Twice Brewed Inn; Milecastle Inn
Other walks in this area: 
“A Walk in the Park”. A selection of ten guided walks. Information from the Once Brewed Visitor Centre or visit www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk
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To celebrate 30 years of World Hertiage Status, we've put together a list of 30 things to see and do around Hadrian's Wall.

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