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Famous Historical Hadrian’s Wall Landmarks

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Famous Historical Hadrian’s Wall Landmarks

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.

Arbeia

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 storytelling.

Birdoswald

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.

Brocolitia

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’.

Broomlee Lough and Crag Lough

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.

Carvoran

Also 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.

Cawfields

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.

Chesters

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.

Cuddy’s Crag

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 region.

Housesteads

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.

Milecastle

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.

Ravenglass

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. 

Steel Rigg

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 Steel Rigg 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.

Sycamore Gap

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.

Vindalonda

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.

Wallsend and Segedunum

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.