WALKING THE WALL
The most attractive section of the wall walk starts at nearby Chollerford and extends westwards for around three walking days.
The Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus runs back and forth along the route, dropping off and picking up walkers at key points. There’s a bus stop just next to the point where the site’s lane meets the main road – just a five minute walk from the Yurt. So you can catch the bus to where you want to start walking, and you can get the bus back home at the end of your walk.
And for guided walks of the wall there’s no better guide than Kevin Robson.
PLACES TO VISIT
Chesters Roman Fort and Museum, 5 minute drive, lies just on the other side of the valley. This is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain, with unusually well preserved baths and steam room.
Houseteads Roman Fort, 15 minute drive, is set high on a dramatic escarpment with stunning panoramic views. Complete with barrack blocks, hospital, museum, cinema – and perhaps the oldest toilets you’ll ever see.
Vindolanda Roman Fort , 20 minute drive, boasts a world class museum where the star exhibits are the delicate wooden writing tablets, unearthed at the site, that have been voted “Britain’s Top Treasure”.
Roman Army Museum (20 minute drive) uses stunning real 3D technology in a specially designed film theatre and interactive displays that enable visitors to understand what life was like for soldiers on this northern frontier.
Corbridge (20 minute drive), worth a visit in its own right, was also a busy Roman supply base, and today houses the Corbridge Hoard, one of the most significant finds in Roman history, and the Corbridge Collection, the largest collection of Hardian’s Wall artefacts.
THINGS TO DO
Hexham racecourse makes for a great day out . Check if there’s a race on when you’re planning your visit.
Falconry Days (20-minute drive) provide unforgettable hands on experience encounters with birds of prey. Voted Northumberland’s Top Visitor Attraction.
Go Ape, at Matfen Hall (15 minute drive) provides tree top adventures including high platforms, aerial ropeways and exhilarating zipwires. Only for the brave – they boast that as you approach you’ll hear the screams before you see the course!
Kielder Observatory (60-minute drive) is one of the most remarkable places to visit in the UK. It’s a public observatory, second to none, under the largest expanse of dark night sky in the whole of Europe.
Battlesteads Observatory is designated as a Dark Sky Discovery site and is a little closer to home - just a 10 minute drive away.
Ancient Britain, in addition to guided walks of the wall, they also teach bushcraft skills. And they’ll happily do this at the Yurt site.
Hexham (15-minute drive) has been called the best county town in the known universe. It’s a lovely place to wander around and enjoy a drink or a meal. The star attractions are the magnificent medieval Abbey and the Hexham Old Gaol Museum. Hexham has a theatre in the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre and the community run Forum Cinema. And there’s a thriving Farmers’ Market every second Saturday in the market place.
Aydon Castle (15-minute drive) is one of the finest and least altered examples of a 13th century fortified manor house, a chilling example of how dangerous life was during the Anglo-Scottish wars.
The Sill (20-minute drive) is a world class visitors’ centre that houses the UK’s National Landscape Discovery Centre.
Northumberland National Park – just on the edge of our site - is home to England’s cleanest rivers, clearest air and darkest skies. You can soak up the stunning scenery and solitude of the Cheviot Hills, visit spectacular waterfalls and woodland or walk through stunning moorland and beautiful hay meadows.
Kielder Water and Forest Park (60-minute drive) is based around the largest man made lake in Europe and the largest working forest in England. Miles of walking, loads of events and attractions – including a great sculpture trail.
Cragside (50 minute drive) is a remarkable Victorian home, garden and woodland. The first house in the world to be lit by electric lighting – powered by its own hydro-electric generators.
Newcastle is a bustling, thriving beautiful city with a rich cultural life embracing theatres, galleries, museums, live music, cinemas, pubs, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and a bustling Quayside on the Tyne. Not to be missed – and just a 30 minute drive away.
Durham (60-minute drive) is one England’s most magnificent ancient cities, with an outstanding cathedral as it’s crowning glory. A great day out.
TYPICAL WEEK'S ITINERARY
Friday: Arrive, settle in and explore the site.
In the evening stroll down to the Hadrian Hotel for dinner.
Saturday: Day out in Hexham.
Stock up on supplies at the farmers market.
Lunch at The Beaumont.
Explore the town, taking in the Abbey and Old Goal.
Then either dinner at Bouchons followed by a show at the Queen's Hall Theatre or a film at the Forum Cinema. Or back to the Yurt for dinner and star gazing on the deck.
Walk the Wall.
In the evening have dinner on the deck or recover and relax over a great meal at The Crown in Humshaugh,
In the morning visit Vindolanda Roman Fort and Museum.
In afternoon take in the unforgettable experience of flying birds of prey at Falconry Days.
In evening dinner on the deck or by the camp fire.
Tuesday: Day out in Newcastle
Walk down from Grey Street to the Quayside - visiting the Castle on the way.
After lunch at the Pitcher and PIano on the Quayside, visit the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
Enjoy an early dinner at the Six Rooftop Restaurant above the Baltic. Then catch some live music at The Sage or a play at the Live Theatre.
Wednesday: Walk the Wall. In the evening treat yourself to the gastronomic taster menu at restaurant Hjem in Wall.
Thursday: In the morning hangout around the Yurt.
Picnic/BBQ lunch in the Lower Quarry.
Visit Chesters Fort in the afternoon.
Last camp fire dinner at night.