Repairing the footpath at bogle hole

A helicopter carrying stone flies overhead Hadrian's Wall

Due to considerable wear and tear, some of the footpath along Hadrian’s Wall has eroded, and has led to a scar so deep that the Wall’s original foundation stones have been exposed. Find out how our rangers (with the help of a helicopter) are repairing the path

The old, worn path has eroded to expose some of the Wall foundations
Path erosion which has exposed the original Wall foundations

At the end of October, our rangers called in support from local contractor 'Making Trax' and a helicopter to help them begin the footpath repairs. Over the course of a day, the helicopter transported 35 tonnes of stone, which will be used over the next month to install 78 metres of stone path.

The stone used is whinstone, and was locally sourced from farms in the surrounding area. Due to the historical importance of the site, an archaeologist will be onsite whenever digging for the new path is carried out.

Arranging stones to make the new path
Stones being laid to make the new path

To make the new path, a trench (called a tray) is excavated along the line of the pathway. The larger stones are then arranged so that they fit together and are partially buried in the ground, ensuring stability. Smaller stones and earth are then wedged into any gaps to help lock the larger stones into place. In time, vegetation will grow around the path, helping it blend into its surroundings.

While this work is under way to improve access for everyone, we ask visitors to look out for warning signs and temporary footpath diversions to help us get the job done as quickly and safely as possible. Thank you.

Stones have been laid on the new path, making the route easier for walkers
Stones have been laid on the new path, making the route easier for walkers