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.


Two walkers under Sycamore Gap


Housesteads Visitor Centre, grid ref: NY793684


Leave Housesteads Information Centre and take the main path up to Roman Fort at Housesteads for ½ mile (800m).


As you reach the museum and shop you have two options: a) Continue into Housesteads Roman Fort. After you have finished your visit here join the main Roman Wall path to the rear of the Fort and turn left. b) Continue up to the left of the Fort for 200yd (180m) until you reach the gate taking you onto the main Roman Wall path and turn left here.


Continue along the path initially walking on the Wall through woodland and then opening out to the magnificent views of the wall undulating in the distance over Cuddy’s and Hotbank Crags. You will also pass Milecastle 37.

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After 1 mile (1.6km) you will reach the top of Hotbank Crags (1.5 miles/2.4km into walk). If you look back from here you will see the wall snaking along the escarpments in the distance. Continue downhill from here passing Hotbank Farm on the right and Milecastle 38 until you reach Crag Lough. Climb up from here through the woods for magnificent views of the Lough and surrounding countryside. At the end of the Crag you cross over a stile and drop down steeply to reach the iconic 'Sycamore Gap'. You are now 2.6 miles (4km) into the walk.

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At this point walk away from the Wall slightly downhill for 50yd (45m) until you reach a path running parallel to the wall which follows the route of the Roman Military Way. Turn left here which to a large extent you will follow back to the visitor centre. This path is less undulating than the main Roman Wall Path that you have been on.

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After ½ mile (800m) - just before Hotbank Farm - the path temporarily joins back onto the Main Roman Wall path. Follow this uphill for 600yd (550m) passing the farm and staying close to the wall on your left.


Near the top of the hill just past the wood on your left take the path which forks off to the right. You should be above the wood on your right. This takes you back to Housesteads Fort along the military way.


Turn down right from the Fort and follow the main path back down 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)