Walltown Quarry & Hadrian's
The image below is of Walltown Quarry by
the Roman Army Museum, situated by the
village of Greenhead, about 19 miles east
of Carlisle, 40 miles west of Newcastle
just off the B6318 road.
The bus stop for the local Hadrian's
Wall Bus is situated on the right, and
visitor centre down on the right. Hadrian's
Wall runs over the high point up on the
The Hadrian's Wall Path runs down past
the visitor centre and shop.
The image below is of a large seating
area just down past the visitor centre.
There are a few fairly level walks around
The path to Hadrian's Wall goes round to
the left, then leads over to the right,
where it leads up to the high point, along
the top of the cliffs.
The image below is from the top of the
high point looking east towards Cawfield
Quarry 4 miles east, and Housteads Fort 9
miles east, the top walking sections of
The image below is walking east, with
the two high points on this section in the
distance. Not sure if these are natural
cliffs, or if the Roman's took half the
hills for the wall and forts.
The image below is of the two high
points, a steep hike to the top, the
Walltown Quarry Hills.
The image below is of from the top of
the hills looking back west towards
This is about half way between Walltown
Quarry and Cawfield Quarry. It is mainly
farm land from here to Cawfield Quarry.
The Hadrian's Wall
Bus runs between the quarries if you
want to walk all the way and get a lift
back to your car. I decided to head back
over this top section to see if I could get
better photos, as the cloud was clearing as
the day went on.
The image below is walking back to
Walltown Quarry, passing a school trip
enjoying the wall on this rugged section.
The image below is looking down to
Walltown Quarry. The white line there shows
Hadrian's Wall Path heading west to
Thirwall Castle about half a mile down into
a valley, the village of Gilsland about 1
and a half miles past the castle, and
Birdoswald Roman Fort 1 mile past Gilsland.
The Gilsland to Birdoswald section of the
wall is also well preserved, about 7 feet
high in places, also with a scenic
From Thirwall Castle, you have to cross
a footpath across the railway, walk down
the main road 200 yards past the entrance
to Haltwhistle Golf Club, then pick up the
well signed Hadrian's Wall Path to
Gilsland. That stretch is mainly an earth
mound, and also goes through someone's
The Pennine Way joins the Hadrian's Wall
Path at Thirwall Castle. It goes south past
Haltwhistle Golf Club, be careful not to
take the wrong path.