Roman Wall (Hadrians Wall)...

Hexham sits in the middle of Hadrian's Wall country, Hadrian's Wall heritage site runs for 150 miles from Arbeia at South Shields (in the east) to Ravenglass on the west Cumbrian coast.

Hexham is a perfect centre base point for your Hadrians Wall exploration.

Cycle the route? - If your a keen cyclist then perhaps visiting the wall on a bike would be perfect for you. The 174-mile Hadrian's Cycleway goes through the entire World Heritage Site. It is a new cycleway that combines existing shorter cycle routes, quiet roads and off-road tracks. Clearly signposted, the Cycleway takes cyclists near many major Roman sites, and other attractions are just a short distance from the main route.

You can rent a bike by contacting The Bike Shop

Hadrian's Wall Taxis do a special taxi service for Wall visitors. Give them a call and see what they can do for you.

East or West from Hexham? The choice is yours...

1. Hexham to South Shields (45 miles)

Hexham >
Corbridge: Remains of the garrison town of Corbridge with granaries, museum and Stanegate road. Present-day Corbridge has recovered from Border pillaging to be lively, pretty and with boutique shopping.
Newcastle: Shopping, dining and a thriving arts scene with The Sage Gateshead and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.  Classic view of the bridges across the Tyne including the Millennium blinking eye.
Wallsend: Segedenum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum.
South Shields: Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum, Life of a Roman Soldier exhibition and Death & Burial gallery.

2. Hexham to Carlisle (40 miles)

Hexham >
Haydon Bridge: Houseteads Roman Fort and Sewingshields Wall, Turret and Milecastle.
Bardon Mill:  Roman Vindolanda, Northumberland National Park, walking and dropping into the local lime kilns.
Haltwhistle: The Wall is walkable from here via Haltwhistle Burn.
Gilsland: Northumberland National Park, Birdoswald Roman Fort, numerous walks and the remains of the Roman river crossing at Willowford. Thirlwall Castle (14th century, built of Roman stone) is nearby.
Brampton: Banks Turret, Birdoswald Roman Fort and Lanercost Priory.
Carlisle: Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery showcases a host of treasures from across time, and Carlisle Castle still welcomes visitors as it has done since Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobites.

photos by Joan Thirlaway
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