Hadrian’s Wall is set to receive a cash boost of £10,000 to reflect its economic, cultural and social importance. Northumberland County Council co-ordinates the management of the UNESCO World Heritage Site on behalf of six other local authorities along the length of the Wall, and is keen to increase its annual contribution to help maximise the potential of Hadrian’s Wall.
Our best loved walk from Steel Rigg (5 minutes from Layside) to Housesteads Roman Fort was voted in at no. 18 of “Britain’s Favourite Walks” by over 8000 enthusiasts. Facing some stiff competition from the Highlands of Scotland to the Lake District and Snowdonia National Park to name but a few, we are incredibly proud to have this gem on our doorstep. If you are thinking of walking just a part of the Roman Wall, this is the walk of choice, and one can enjoy one of the richest parts of the country for Roman archaeology whist appreciating the stunning surroundings and the impressive Whin Sill that the Wall was built on. It also takes the walker through Sycamore Gap, and past the tree made famous due to its appearance in “Robin hood Prince of Thieves”, and the 2016 winner of the Woodland Trust “Tree of the Year”. This walk is enjoyable in so many ways, but one of its greatest advantages is that despite the numbers of people visiting the area, there is always an opportunity to enjoy solitude and take in the incredible views whilst soaking up the history of rugged Northumberland.
We still believe this walk deserved the number one spot!
Hadrian’s Wall and the Great Wall of China have been linked in a partnership designed to exchange expertise and boost tourism to both monuments.
Both walls were added to the World Heritage List in the same year – 1987, and now a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Historic England and the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage.
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Enjoy a circular walk along the most stunning part of Hadrian’s Wall this Christmas. This guided walk (27th December 1030-1400) starts from The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre which is just a short distance from Layside, taking you over the highest point of Hadrian’s Wall at Winshields Crag. Tickets can be booked up until Boxing Day from Northumberland National Park.
Vindolanda is located only a short walk from Layside, and was the home of 9 Roman forts over 400 years of occupation. If you have missed any of the “Digging for Britain” series, catch episode 6 on IPlayer, which reveals swords and domestic items found this year at the site. Live archaeology takes place annually at Vindolanda between April and September, where you can witness discoveries being made, making this the most exciting archaeological site on Hadrian’s Wall.
Winter is a beautiful time to visit Northumberland – the views transformed with a sprinkling of snow. Stay warm at Layside and enjoy all that this county has to offer.
A boutique new B&B is now open for bookings, offering travellers and adventurers a unique and unrivalled view of Hadrian’s Wall and the surrounding countryside.