Charity Walk Course
Starting at the Brocolitia Roman Fort, we trek for 26 miles (42km), much of which takes us alongside Hadrian’s Wall. As we walk we can admire ancient monuments, beautiful scenery and the skill of the Roman engineers who built this famous landmark. This is an extremely tough one-day event over hilly landscapes; at 26 miles, it forms an enormous challenge for walkers and will take a minimum of 12 hours. There will be full support throughout the challenge with marshals and water stops along the route.
For those of you who would like it, there is a pick up from Carlisle Station at 0600, to transfer you to Lanercost Priory. The rest of us will meet early at Lanercost, where we can leave our cars, and transfer to Carrawburgh, a settlement in Northumberland better known as the Brocolitia Roman Fort. This lies in open moorland in the Tynedale district of Northumberland. Just over one mile west of milecastle 30 it is the northernmost point of the Wall - a fitting place to start our challenging day. After a briefing and a warm-up, we set off early in the morning which is essential for completing the distance.
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. Leaving ‘the tree’ behind us our path 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. This is the home of the Roman Army Museum and adjacent fort at Carvoran – a site rich in Roman inscriptions but about which surprisingly little is known.
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. There is time to celebrate with your fellow participants before returning home.
Total distance: 26 miles / 42km