Cawfields to Haltwhistle loop

Walking trail

A circular route initially following the World Heritage Roman Wall route before heading off right over the Military Road down to Haltwhistle with great views of the Tyne valley.

At Haltwhistle you have the option of refreshments before returning back to Cawfields via Haltwhistle burn with its wonderful flora and interesting mineworkings.

Cattle grazing at Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland


Man walking alone on footpath in summer


Cawfields car park, grid ref: NY714666


Leave Cawfields turning right onto the Roman Wall Path passing the quarry on the right. Continue on this path for 1 mile (1.6km) passing Milecastle 42 and Turret 41A.


At Caw Gap turn right down the road for 50yd (45m) then turn left over stile marked 'peel Cottage 2'. Take the path immediately to the right of the mound ahead (marked 'Military Road ½') crossing the bridge over the roman Vallum. Aim for the left-hand corner of the wall ahead then follow the wall/fence until you reach the Military Road.


Cross over the Military Road and continue along the road straight ahead marked 'Melkridge 2' for 0.3 miles (480m) until you come to Hallpeat Moss Farm.


Just past the farm cross over the stile to the right marked 'Haltwhistle 1 ¾'. Cross the field to bottom-left-hand corner (0.2 miles/400m). Cross over the stile there and follow the wall off to the left for 50yd (45m) and cross over another stile to your left. Follow the path straight ahead and then off to the right, up and around the hill ahead for 0.3 miles (480m).


Go through the gate at top of the hill. Follow path ahead for 100yd (90m). At the crest of the hill (great views of Haltwhistle here) ignore the path ahead and instead follow the wall down to the right for 0.2 mile (400m) then cut left across the field aiming just to the right of the electric pylon ahead. 100yd (90m) past the pylon cross over the stile ahead.


After crossing the stile turn right for 200yd (180m) passing a derelict house on the left. Cross over the stile ahead and follow bridleway down to the left for 200yd (180m). Go through the gate ahead and then turn right at the sheep pens. After 50yd (45m) turn left over stile and follow path off to the right for 200yd (180m) then cross over the stile ahead. Keep left over the style going round the hill ahead with the burn to the left. After 100yd (90m) turn right along the wall. After 50yd (45m) turn left through a step through in the wall. Cut across the field to the right for 50yd (45m) and go through the gate. Aim for the bottom-left-hand corner of the field ahead, which in places is a steep descent (in line with row of terrace houses). At the corner of the field go through the gate then follow steps down between two walls. Turn left down Shepherd Terrace.


After 100yd (90m) turn right at the junction crossing Haltwhistle burn.


Turn right up a black tarmac road just past a bridge and follow for 200yd (180m) until you come to a car park keeping the burn to your right. Continue on left at the car park along a partially-surfaced driveway for 100yd (90m) (ignore bridge off to right). Turn right at the houses ahead signposted 'Willia ¼'. At the end of the road continue along the path ahead keeping the burn to your right at all times, ignoring all other paths off to the left or right for 0.2 mile (400m). At this point you will reach a road. Continue on right here passing the old brick factory, again keeping the burn to the right at all times for 0.4 mile (640m). At Broomshaw Hill Farm go off right here to continue to follow the burn up signposted 'Haltwhistle Burn Footpath', again keeping the burn to the right at all times for 0.5 mile (800m). Path then crosses over the burn to the right for the first time. Continue up along path for 0.4 mile (640m) to Military road, passing mine workings on both your left and your right.


Turn right along Military road for 150yd (135m). Cross over at sign 'Cawfields ½ '. Continue along the path to the right of the burn for 0.6 mile (670m) to take you back to Cawfields car park.


Cawfields car park, grid ref: NY714666

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Cawfields to Haltwhistle loop


An undulating route following well-defined paths and bridleways, with some steep accents and descents - particularly on the initial section on the Roman Wall Path.

Cawfields to Haltwhistle loop

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Cawfields to Haltwhistle loop

How to get here

Cawfields, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49 9JP
By train

Haltwhistle, 2 miles (3.2km). Connections to AD122 bus to Milecastle Inn (½ mile (800m) from start).

By road

North of the river Tyne, 2 miles (3.2km) north of Haltwhistle onto the B6318 turning off at Milecastle Inn following road up for ½ mile (800m) to car park.

By foot

Footpaths to Cawfields from all directions, including the Roman Wall national heritage route.

By bus

AD122 bus route (summer timetable only) getting off at Milecastle Inn (½ mile (800m) from start).

Cawfields to Haltwhistle loop

Facilities and access

  • Car park (charges apply)