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Trekathon Hadrian's Wall

Take on a marathon walk for Macmillan.

We meet early in the morning at the Brocolitia Roman Fort.

Our first section takes us past the impressive Housesteads Roman Fort, along crags and past several lakes. The Roman heritage of this area is evident from the ruins we pass; old Roman forts and towers dot the landscape almost the entire length of our route. We will be spurred on by the fabulous views towards Wark Forest and the barren landscapes of Cumbria ahead of us.

Continuing on our undulating route, we head away from the wall briefly, passing the Crag Lough escarpment on our left. Soon after we pass probably the most recognised landmark of the day – Sycamore Gap, with its lone tree which featured in Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves film. Our path then takes us past Cawfields Quarry walking beside the most visible sections of the wall, which run along spectacular cliff tops and through stunning countryside. When we reach Walltown Crags we break for a well deserved lunch stop.

For the final stages of the trek we continue on to the extensive remains of Birdoswald Roman Fort, set on a high point above the small village of Gilsland, which are particularly imposing. Our last section of the route now becomes fairly flat, a blessing for our tired limbs as we follow the river west through small villages.

On arrival at the stunningly tranquil Lanercost Priory we can rest and congratulate ourselves on our fine achievement.

Total distance: 26 miles / 42 km