Thank goodness this
remarkable feature has been granted World Heritage status and
can be preserved for years to come. The view of it, snaking along
the ridges, especially east from Houseteads or Steel Rigg, is
marvellous and to be marvelled at.
The whole 80 mile length
was completed in only ten years. Originally it was ten feet wide
and fifteen feet high, but after the Romans left much of it was
removed, especially near villages and towns - handy pre-cut stone
for local builders!
There is a popular walk
that runs its entire length, coast to coast, taking in forts,
milecastles, tearooms and campsites. Main visitor sites are at
Wallsend, Housteads, Vindolanda, Chesters, Once Brewed and Birdoswald.
If this makes it sound touristy, it is not.
Mile after mile of wonderful
and extensive views, moorland, forestry, lakes and hills.
Admission Free. Small
charge for car parks.
B6318 runs alongside the Wall.
Access from Housteads (NT), Steel Rigg, Cawfields & Walltown.
Bus route nearby. The AD122 Bus runs the length of the Wall
Open: at all times.
Tel: 01434 652 220