Every steps counts

Visitors walking alongside Hadrian's Wall

There are fewer places steeped in history and natural beauty than Hadrian’s Wall. It's a place to get away from it all, reconnect with nature and enjoy the 'now'.

The epic structure, stretching 80 miles (120 km) from the Solway Coast in Cumbria to Wallsend near Newcastle upon Tyne, was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site (WHS) in 1987.

It's also home to an array of wildlife and nature, including the endangered Large Heath butterfly and rare fungi.

No wonder it attracts thousands of visitors every year who come to immerse themselves in history and walk in the footsteps of Romans.

With the help from National Trust members and donations we care for six of the most iconic miles of Hadrian’s Wall from Sewingshields in the East to Cawfields in the west including the iconic Sycamore Gap.

The wall requires constant conservation and careful restoration work, and alongside our partners, we work hard to upkeep this special structure.

With parts dating back almost 2,000 years, Hadrian’s Wall and its surrounding is a fragile environment and the archaeology is easily damaged. You can help protect this special place by:

  • Walking alongside the wall, and in surrounding landscape rather than on the wall
  • Following signposted routes
  • Avoiding eroded sections of paths
  • Keeping gates closed to stop livestock from wandering
  • Keeping dogs under control
  • Taking your litter home with you

Taking these simple steps will help preserve this historic site for future generations to enjoy.