A warm welcome awaits you in the shadow of Hadrian's Wall

Local Walking Routes

An early-morning walk when Hadrian's Wall camping is a blessing for the whole day

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Perfect for families, pets, walkers and cyclists

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Dog friendly

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Birds and Wildlife

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Beaches and coastline

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Hills and countryside

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Long distance paths

Family walking in Northumberland

Walkers, Dogs & Hikers Welcome

Whether you’re planning to come to Hadrian’s Wall Country on a short-stay walking holiday, an organised rambling trip or simply plan to explore some of the beautiful countryside during your weekend or mid-week stay, glamping or camping at Herding Hill Farm, our 5 star campsite is an ideal base. Access to Hadrian's Wall at Cawfields Quarry and the Hadrian's Wall Path is just 1 mile from the campsite entrance.

Our Hadrian's Wall campsite offers a range of additional facilities and services to help make your stay more comfortable. You’ll find: 

  • On-site laundry with somewhere warm and dry to hang wet clothing
  • A place for your muddy boots
  • An indoor campers kitchen with details of local walks and information on public transport to and from start/finish points along your chosen routes
  • Bath tubs in our ladies’ facilities and family bathroom
  • Unisex sauna that can be hired for exclusive use at any time with an hour's notice for £5 an hour

No need to cook - our homemade pizzas are available most Friday evenings from 6pm to 7.30pm (between Good Friday and late October) subject to staff availability. During busy periods they may also be available on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. There are also lots of takeaways in Haltwhistle, many of which offer delivery to the site for a nominal charge.

For a selection of printable local walk ideas please see www.walkinginengland.co.uk/northumberland

The AD122 Hadrian's Wall bus stops at the campsite entrance to Herding Hill Farm and is a useful resource for those wanting to explore sections of the Wall. The AD122 stops at all the attractions along the wall between Haltwhistle and Hexham, allowing walkers to walk from East to West or vice versa and then use the bus to return without retracing your steps. The AD122 runs seasonally between April and October.

Walking along Hadrian's Wall

National Trail - Hadrian's Wall Path

If you would like to walk the length of Hadrian's Wall, the Hadrian's Wall Path is a coast-to-coast 84 mile (135 Km) signposted footpath.

The Hadrian's Wall Path is a relatively easy, well-signposted National Trail from Wallsend in the North East to Bowness-on-Solway in the North West. The closest location on the Hadrian's Wall Path to Herding Hill Farm is Cawfields Quarry, one mile away.

Following the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall, the Hadrian's Wall Path passes through some of England’s most beautiful and dynamic landscapes, from rolling fields and rugged moorland to the vibrant cities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Carlisle. There’s history every step of the way, as well as a few cosy pubs!

Herding Hill Farm, Northumberland offers plenty of accommodation on the Hadrian's Wall Path, positioned midway, just 1 mile from the Hadrian's Wall walk, close to some of the best parts of Hadrian's Wall and is one of the best stargazing spots in the UK. We are also a good base if you only want to walk parts of Hadrian's Wall.

Our campsite near Hadrian's Wall is less than 1-mile from Cawfields Quarry, where Hadrian’s Wall hangs on the edge of the sheer crags of the Whin Sill.

If you don't want to walk the whole of the Hadrian's Wall Path, the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site have created a set of circular walks along the trail. This set of walks and itineraries present some of the best walking in Hadrian’s Wall Country and can be downloaded HERE.

Blanchland Geotrail

The small village of Blanchland is the starting point for a number of local walks and cycle rides. The 5.6km circular Blanchland Geotrail passes a picnic spot at Baybridge before passing alongside the River Derwent, the county boundary. A picture-perfect village, Blanchland has a tearoom, the White Monk Refectory and Tearoom in the old Victorian school and a lovely pub The Lord Crewe Arms, built in 1165. Find out more here.

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Craster to Embleton via Dunstanburgh Castle

This 8-mile walk is one of the most popular North East walks, starting in the picturesque fishing harbour at Craster, passing the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, crossing the magnificent sandy beach at Embleton Bay before reaching the tiny hamlet of Low Newton and its pub The Ship Inn, with perhaps one of the loveliest views in the UK. Return the same way or through the Newton Pool Nature Reserve and across the higher path. Refreshments at Craster and Low Newton.

Try out this walk for yourself!

The Wallington Hall Walks

The walks start and end at the magnificent Wallington Hall where there are amenities including children's adventure play areas, a shop and the Clocktower café. There is also an impressive walled garden.

During the Summer months there are a variety of family friendly events on at Wallington including ball and lawn games, guided cycle tours, adventure themed craft activities, moth mornings, storytelling, Nordic walking and wildlife safaris. For a full list of events at Wallington and details of how to book if applicable click here.

Wallington Farm Walk

4km River Walk

Wannie Line Walk

National Trail - Pennine Way

A 268 mile (429 Km) walking route from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. Steeped in history, it crosses some of the finest wild upland landscapes in England, from the Peak District, through the Yorkshire Dales, across the North Pennines and over Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland to the Cheviots.

The Trail passes through three National Parks, The North Pennines AONB, two National Nature Reserves and 20 Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The variety of habitats make it one of the best places in Europe to observe birds, like breeding waders in the spring and early summer.

Herding Hill Farm is positioned less than 1-mile from the section of walk that passes by Cawfields Quarry.

Official National Trail guidebooks are produced by Aurum Press and are regularly updated with all details checked by trail managers. The books include sections of Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps and are the very best accompaniment to your walk. You can buy them from the NATIONAL TRAILS SHOP.

Lambley Viaduct, Featherstone Castle and the South Tyne Trail

This 5.5 mile circular walk near Haltwhistle uses an old railway path and peaceful riverside trails to connect a spectacular viaduct over the River South Tyne and an old prisoner of war camp located in the grounds of Featherstone Castle. There is a pub, the Wallace Arms at the car park, otherwise a riverbank picnic on the rocks underneath the viaduct is highly recommended.

Lambley Viaduct once served the Haltwhistle to Alston railway and crossing it on foot is really special. It didn’t close until 1976. There are 9 arches crossing the river and the viaduct stands over 100 feet high, offering great views.

Camp 18, located close to the castle, was once one of the largest prisoner of war camps in Britain, with over 4,000 German prisoners and you can see the remains of the buildings as you pass alongside the river.

The River South Tyne rises in the North Pennines and eventually meets the River North Tyne at Hexham to form the mighty River Tyne. The Tyne is the best river system for salmon and sea trout in England. There are plenty of places to stop for a picnic and a paddle along the walk.

Featherstone Castle is privately owned so you can’t enter the grounds but there are great views of this structure from the river. They hold regular ghost hunts and ghost vigils through the Uncovered Paranormal Team (Old School).

Find out more about this beautiful walk here.