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Hadrian's Wall, the great wall crossing England from Wallsend in the east to Bowness on Solway on the west coast.

Emperor Hadrian ordered the building of the Wall in AD122, 5metres high and covering 73 miles.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the very popular Wall Trail brings hundreds of visitors to the area every year.

The pictures show the high section that crosses the majestic Winsill Crags between Chollerford and Birdoswald.

Some great stretches of Wall built by the Romans still remain today and there are the remains of a fort at Housesteads.
Always something to photograph, the high crags have a weather all of their own and every day is different.

For sunrises and sunsets March-September are the best months.

Birdoswald: Remains of a Roman Fort, now a museum with a coffee shop. Some great stretches of Wall and superb views to Walltown Crags. Nice walk down to Gilsland, crossing the Willowford bridge and up past Willowford Farm B&B, built entirely using stone from the Wall like many of the structures locally.

Greenhead: Coffee stop at The Olde Forge - everything is home made and is highly recommended.

Walltown: Quarry area has a lake and picnic tables views and access to the Wall - Kiosk for snacks open from Easter to October. Toilets.

Walltown Crags: The beginning of the highest parts of the Wall and impressive views to the west.

Cawfields: Another former Quarry, parking/picnic area with toilets and access to some wild parts of the Wall like Thorney Doors.

Once Brewed: Visitor Centre.

Steel Rigg: Car Park for the most popular part of the Wall. To the west you have the highest point on the Wall at Winshields, to the east you have the Sycamore Tree, Crag Lough and some remains of milecastles - always busy and often climbers are scaling the crags.

Housesteads: The most visited Fort on the Wall. Some wonderful views of the Wall following the line of the crags into the distance. Car Parking/ toilets and snacks.

Sewingshields: Some great views west and worth the climb. Park alongside the Old Repeater Station and head east following the track up to Sewingshields Farm.

Les at the Old Repeater Station will make you a coffee and something to eat when you get back, he also does B&B.

Chollerford: Gentler now but some interesting remains at Chesters and good views of the River.

More photo's on my website at www.joanthirlaway.co.uk and please do get in touch if you want information about the area - we have lots of interesting 'off wall' places of interest as well.

Hadrian's Wall Images

Winshields Crag the highest point on the Wall great views east & west Park at Steel Rigg
Highshields Crag looking west into the setting sun.  Park at Steel Rigg
Sycamore Gap. One of the most photographed trees in England with or without Robin Hood
Housesteads Crag. Great spot for a sunrise or indeed at any time with good views of the Wall receeding into the distance
Cawfields Quarry - Parking space and access to good stretches of Wall. Toilet here
Birdoswald with views to Walltown Crags. Museum and coffee shop, park at Birdoswald

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