Hadrian’s Wall wetlands walk

Walking trail

A circular walk initially heading out north of Hadrian's Wall going through areas of wetland, making it a fantastic home for bird and plant life.

Explore Hadrian’s Wall Country and discover history as well as the views

The route then picks up a section of the Pennine way before finishing on the World Heritage Roman Wall footpath.

A curlew, which are found on Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire


Map route for Hadrian's Wall wetlands walk


Steel Rigg car park, grid ref: NY749676


Leave steel Rigg car park via the main entrance, turning right onto a tarmac road. Continue for ½ mile (800m) going over the crest of the hill.


Turn right down the road signposted 'Gibbs Hill' and continue downhill for 1 mile (1.6km), ignoring all other paths and bridleways.


Just before you reach 'Gibbs Hill' cross a burn via the bridge and turn left here onto bridleway signposted 'permissive car park'. After 100yd (90m) go through the gate and continue along bridleway over the crest of hill. You will now see a public footpath sign 'East Stonefolds 2.5 miles'. Continue is this direction for 1 mile (1.6km) along bridleway initially going downhill then gradually up, keeping Greenlee Lough to your right.

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After passing through three gates you will see a sign 'Greenlea Farm 0.5 mile'. Continue along the bridleway to a farm passing through another gate.


Just before the farm the bridleway splits. Take the bridleway to your right marked 'permissive path'. Go through the gate and follow bridleway around in front of the farm and then head downhill for 400 yd (360m) towards the lough. Continue on for another 200yd (180m) until you reach the footpath sign at wall ahead.

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Here, you have the option of a short diversion down to Greenlee Lough; turn right and follow the path for 400yd (360m) where you will hopefully catch a glimpse of the resident birds here. Return on the same footpath. Otherwise turn left here signposted 'East Stonefolds 0.75 mile'. Go over two stiles and a burn via footbridge, following the path up and around the wall until you come to West Stonefold farmhouse. The path passes in front of house here. Continue along bridleway for 600yd (540m) then pass in front of East Stonefolds farmhouse. Continue along the bridleway for another 200yd (180m) until it goes off to the left.

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At this point cut off right across the grass to pick up the Pennine Way path (White Acorn Sign). Go right over the stile and down to the bottom of the hill following guideposts. Then pass over a footbridge and a stile before the path goes off to the right following guideposts passing over some stepping stones (this can be a wet area - please be careful) and then off to the left going sharply uphill.


Cross over the bridleway at the top of the hill. Continue straight across on the Pennine Way path for ¾ mile (1.2km) going over three ridges and one stile until you come to a gate going off to the right.


Go over the stile here - the Roman Wall is now visible to your left - take the left path and walk 500yd (450m) towards the wall initially going downhill over some stepping stones with a sharp rise up to the Wall at the end.


At the Wall turn right over the stile. You are now on the main Roman Wall path. Follow this undulating path for 1.9 miles (3km) back to Steel Rigg car park. On a clear day you will see the North Pennines to the left and the Scottish borders to the right. You will pass over the Crags with great views down to Crag Lough, continue on through Sycamore Gap and Milecastle 39.


Steel Rigg car park, grid ref: NY749676

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Hadrian’s Wall wetlands walk


At first, this route follows tarmac roads then bridleways with good walking conditions. The section between points 7 and 10 following the Pennine Way goes through areas of wetland and can at certain points be wet underfoot.

The route overall is moderately undulating with one or two steep ascents and descents (particularly on the wall path).

Hadrian’s Wall wetlands walk

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Hadrian’s Wall wetlands walk

How to get here

Housesteads Fort, Bardon Mill, NE47 6NN
By train

Haltwhistle, 4 miles (6.4km). Connections to AD122 bus to Twice Brewed (½ mile (800m) from start).

By road

North of the river Tyne, 4 miles (6.4km) north of Haltwhistle onto the B6318 turning off at Once brewed following road up for ½ mile (800m) to car park.

By foot

Footpaths to Steel Rigg car park from all directions, including the Roman Wall national heritage route.

By bus

AD122 bus route getting off at Twice Brewed (½ mile (800m) from start).

By bicycle

National Cycle Network route 68.

Hadrian’s Wall wetlands walk

Facilities and access

  • Car park (charges apply)