Sycamore Gap walk

Walking trail

A circular walk starting from the visitor centre to the Roman Fort and then along the World Heritage Roman wall footpath to the iconic Sycamore Gap.

Enjoy magnificent views of Hadrian's Wall and the Roman Military Way

Explore natural wilderness and become immersed in the history as you return via the Roman Military Way. Each step includes Waypoints.

People walking at Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland.


Sycamore Gap walk


Housesteads Visitor Centre, grid ref: NY793684


Leave Housesteads Visitor Centre and take the main path up to Housesteads Fort. Keep to the left of the fort and join the Hadrian’s Wall Path at the top of the hill heading west.


After passing Hotbank Farm on the north side of the Wall and the earthworks of Milecastle 38, cross over the farm track at the bottom of the hill and switch to the north side of the Wall following the path through Crag Lough woods. As you drop down the Crag you’ll cross over Hadrian’s Wall at Sycamore Gap.


To start the return journey, walk downhill from the Wall for 50yd/45m until you reach a path running parallel to the Wall which follows the route of the Roman Military Way and head east. This path is less undulating than the main Hadrian’s Wall Path that you have been on.

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When you reach the farm track at Hotbank Farm re-join the Hadrian’s Wall Path and retrace your steps past milecastle 38 and Hotbank Farm.

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Near the top of the hill just past the wood on your left take the diagonal path towards the top of the woods on your right and keep heading east along the Roman Military Way.

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When you get back to Housesteads Fort head downhill and follow the main path back to the Visitor Centre.


Housesteads Visitor Centre, grid ref: NY793684

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Sycamore Gap walk


The route follows well defined paths, however on the Roman wall path there are some steep ascents and descents with less undulation on the way back.

Sycamore Gap walk

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Sycamore Gap walk

How to get here

Near Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 6NN
By train

Haltwhistle, 7 miles (11.2km). Connections to AD122 bus.

By road

The visitor centre is located on the B6318 between Greenhead and Chollerford.

By bus

AD122 bus route (summer timetable only).

Sycamore Gap walk

Facilities and access

  • Car parking (charges apply)
  • Toilets and refreshments at visitor centre and museum (including disabled facilities)