We have been using our lockdown time wisely at Herding Hill Farm camping and glamping site, making sure that our site and guest experience is better than ever when our guests are able to return to visit. You may not know this, but all of our glamping Wigwam Cabins are named after famous landmarks on Hadrian’s Wall. It seemed an obvious choice due to our campsite being located so close to Hadrian's Wall, so if you're looking for Hadrian's Wall camping or glamping, we think our Northumberland campsite is the perfect choice.
Our campsite logo already
highlights one of the world’s most photographed trees found at Sycamore Gap which
famously featured in the 1991 movie Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, starring
Kevin Costner, and so naming our Wigwam cabins after other famous locations
along the wall was a natural
continuation of this theme.
Not only does our Hadrian's Wall campsite present some fantastic
opportunities for you to explore the famous World Heritage Site that is Hadrian’s
Wall’s and all its historic landmarks, but also the beauty of such dramatic and
scenic countryside. There are so many beautiful walks to enjoy when the
countryside is re-opened and you can even take in a few of the Roman sites and
museums along the way.
See below a little more
about our Wigwam names and the landmark that has been chosen to represent them.
Located just above the
entrance to the River Tyne at South Shields, the World Heritage Site Arbeia Roman Fort
guarded the main sea route to Hadrian’s Wall and was a key supply base for
other forts, housing some 600 Roman troops. On a visit to the fort, immerse
yourself in the world of the Romans, explore full-scale reconstructed buildings
and see one of the finest collections of finds from Roman Britain, as well as
enjoying gladiator battles, falconry displays, Roman re-enactments and
Run by English Heritage, Birdoswald Roman Fort is a popular site to begin exploring Hadrian’s Wall and
is only 8 miles from our campsite here at Herding Hill Farm. Here you can
explore the fort’s ruins, visitor centre and see the longest remaining part of
the wall, with gorgeous views of the distinctive Whin Sill crags in the
background on a clear day. There is also a popular café and gift shop.
Home to the remains of a
third century Roman temple, dedicated to the god worshipped by Roman soldiers. The
Roman name of Brocolitia was probably based on the original Celtic name for the
area meaning ‘Badger Holes’.
Located close to
Housesteads Roman Fort, less than five minutes’ drive from Herding Hill Farm,
Broomlee is one of four Roman Wall Loughs, formed by glaciers in the last ice age.
The others include Crag Lough, Green Lee and Halleypike which are also close
by. A lough is a lake.
known as Magna, the Carvoran Roman Fort
was built to protect the junction between the main Roman Road Stanegate and
Maiden Way and later became part of the Hadrian’s Wall defences. Whilst only
slight remains can be seen, the site has an impressive Roman Army museum you
can visit, as well as a café and small shop.
One of the highest standing
sections of Hadrian’s Wall
along this stretch you will find turrets and a milecastle, which were built by
the second legion to protect a weak spot in the wall.
At Chesters Roman Fort, close
to Hexham, you can explore the well-preserved baths, steam room and officers’
quarters. It is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain and is less
than 15 miles drive from Herding Hill Farm. The Chester Tearoom serves
traditional Northumbrian food.
Take a walk along this
section of Hadrian’s Wall for views of the stunning landscape, between Housesteads Roman Fort and Steel
Rigg, including the natural features created by the Whin Sill rock in the
Operated by the National
Trust, Housesteads Roman Fort is one of the main landmarks of the Wall. Also known as
Vercovicium, it was built soon after the construction of Hadrian’s Wall began
in 122 AD. Not only can you visit the remains, including a Roman hospital but
the site also boasts impressive views of Hadrian’s Wall and is less than 6
miles from Herding Hill Farm. The site also contains one of the oldest toilets
you will ever see.
Along the wall, milecastles
were built at every Roman mile to enable Roman soldiers to control who crossed
the wall. Between each milecastle there were then two turrets, which aided the
soldiers in patrolling the wall. Poltross Burn or Milecastle 48, is the most
well preserved, and is located close to Gilsland village, not too far from
Herding Hill Farm. A Roman mile was around 1,000 paces.
Venturing a little further,
you can explore the Lake District and visit the ancient coastal village of Ravenglass,
which was an important natural harbour during Roman times. The fort of
Glannoventa was located here to guard the harbour. In addition to its Roman
history, the village is also well known for the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway,
which opened in 1875. Today you can still take a trip on the steam trains along
the narrow gauge line from the village to the foot of the Scafell Range.
The cliff face of Steel
Rigg is the most impressive example of how the Roman’s used the natural
landscape of the region to their advantage when maximising defences. A visit to
will reward you with some of the best view points and walks on
Hadrian’s Wall. Park your car at The Sill, the National Landscape Discovery
Centre which has excellent exhibitions, a shop and a delicious cafe.
One of the most
photographed trees in the country, the Sycamore Gap
has become a well-known image associated with Hadrian’s Wall and now also with
Herding Hill Farm camping and glamping site. It was the filming location for
Kevin Costner’s 1991 movie, Robin Hood Price of Thieves. Milecastle 39, also
known as Castle Nick is just to the left. Sycamore Gap can be easily reached on
a walk from The Sill, the National Landscape Discovery Centre which has excellent
exhibitions, a shop and a delicious cafe.
The Vindalonda Roman Fort and museum is one of Europe’s most important Roman
archaeological sites and comprises 9 forts built on top of each other. The site
features the remains of a visible stone fort and excavations still take place
here every year, with many archaeologists choosing to stay at Herding Hill Farm
when they are on a dig.
Built to guard the Eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall, Segedunum Roman Fort, at Wallsend housed 600 Roman Soldiers and stood for almost 300 years. Modern Wallsend is now an industrial town, but as the name suggests, was the end of the Wall.
We look forward to you
being able to visit Herding Hill Farm camping and glamping site as it really is
the perfect base for exploring the historic remains and dramatic landscape of
Hadrian’s Wall and its impressive landmarks. Click here to find out more.