The excavation of Hadrian’s Wall is very much a work in progress – one that’s expected to continue for the next 200 years or more. This remarkable frontier isn’t even close to presenting its last insight into Roman life. That’s why it’s so important that we all treat it with absolute respect; almost every step you take could touch upon earth holding objects of archaeological significance. The earthworks and masonry are visible for all to see, but the artefacts that carry the detail and colour of Roman life are often still concealed.
Everyone who walks the National Trail and connected routes has a real responsibility because the conservation of history is at your feet. The number one way to take care of the Wall as a visitor is to watch where you walk and always follow sign-posted paths. You should never walk on the Wall itself and equally, avoid walking in single file. Instead, walk side-by-side, as this helps preserve the ground underfoot. Other ways to help take care of the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail itself, are to choose alternative, circular routes that deviate from it and don’t step on worn patches. It’s also helpful for you to visit specific Roman sites as oppose to simply following the Wall’s route.
Anyone who loves the countryside and is accustomed to spending time in it will know how important it is to take your litter home, close gates and keep control of your dog. While visiting Hadrian’s Wall country, there are other ways you can show extra respect for the area, its people and the environment, for example, by using public transport and supporting local businesses.