Get outdoors

Take a walk on the wild side

Walkers on a cloudy day at the Wall

Walkers on a cloudy day at the Wall

The best way to enjoy Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort is on foot. March in Roman footsteps or amble at your own pace. Take in the history and wonderful surroundings and then head back to our new Visitor Centre for a well deserved rest and refreshments.

Buried secrets at Housesteads

A Roman Fort, looking towards Sewingshields Crags © Paul Wakefield

Make your way around Housesteads Fort. En route you'll visit Roman Quarry and Chapel Hill including some historical sights.

Housesteads to Steel Rigg

A Roman Fort, looking towards Sewingshields Crags © NTPL/ Joe Cornish

Explore Hadrian's Wall Country on this 8 mile walk (3hrs). You'll venture through Hotbank and have a chance to learn about archaeology, birds and insects.

Allen Banks Woodland Walk

Enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Allen Banks and Staward Gorge © Airfoto

Just down the road at Allen Banks there's a wonderful 2.5m (50 mins) woodland walk. Here you'll encounter wildflowers, fungi and hopefully wildlife.

Prefer two wheels?

Get on your bike with us and discover Northumberland

Get on your bike with us and discover Northumberland

If you prefer to use two wheels - that's great. Hadrian’s Wall Country has amazing cycling. Although not always the flattest, the cycling around Hadrian’s Wall and the Tyne valley is quiet, varied and stunning. We might be biased, but the combination of hills, rivers, Roman archaeology and traffic-free roads is hard to beat.

Use your bike to explore England’s quietest county, travel between Roman sites, experience the area’s landscape and history, or test yourself on some of the toughest roads the country can offer. The variety of cycling around Hadrian’s Wall country will leave you tired, but coming back for more!

The area is served by several National Cycle Network cycle routes, and beyond these lie a myriad of small roads and cycle paths that are enjoyable for beginners and children, to hardened experts. Take your pick from disused railway paths, exposed moorland summits or winding wooded valleys.

We are also involved in delivering Sky Ride Local guided rides.

  • Local routes

    68 Pennine Cycleway,72 Hadrian's Cycleway,10 Reivers Route,7 Sea to Sea,Haltwhistle - Alston.

  • Haltwhistle

    With its stunning scenery Haltwhistle provides some fantastic places to ride.

  • Northumberland

    Northumberland has plenty of landmarks and cool places to explore.

  • Kielder

    If mountain biking is your bag then there's no better place to head than Kielder.

  • Map My Ride

    The locals are a great help and there are various routes posted on Map My Ride.

  • Get involved

    If you like a little competition then we suggest Strava, and pit yourself against the locals.


A walker resting with her dog at Hadrian’s Wall

Your walk will be more enjoyable if the whole family can tag along, including your pooch, so why not take them out for an adventure too - all we ask is that you keep them on a lead.


Mix the old with the new and venture outdoors in search of a geocache. There's loads around Hadrian's Wall all you need to do, is find them!


While you're exploring Hadrian's Wall Country hopefully you'll be lucky enough to see some of the fantastic wildlife, both on the ground and in the sky.