Walking Hadrians Wall

Walkers visit Hadrian’s Wall Country from all over the globe. Each year, they return for the unique combination of centuries-old history and a landscape that is by turns idyllic and dramatic; rolling, green and sheltered or defiantly exposed to the open skies.



Those visiting the areas surrounding the Cumbrian stretch of Hadrian’s Wall are wise to make time to follow the extraordinarily beautiful coastal routes, as well as the moorland pathways that ultimately lead the way to the main thrust of the frontier. Most of the longest, middle section of Hadrian’s Wall is part of Northumberland National Park. Here, you’ll find many very interesting and rewarding walks. For example, the Greenlee Lough walk. This 7.5 mile trek joins both a section of the Pennine Way and the Hadrian’s Wall Trail, as well as leading you through the Geenlee Lough National Nature Reserve, where wildfowl and waders are to be spotted in the bog and grasslands.

There are also plenty of shorter, easy routes, like the Thirlwell Castle Walk, which starts in Greenhead, covers under 2 miles and features only light inclines, making it a good choice for young families. The circular Steel Rigg and Sycamore Gap walk is another family friendly route in Northumberland National Park. At 4 miles, it offers some of the Wall’s most spectacular views and the terrain is pleasingly varied.                                                                                                                                                                                       

The eastern section of Hadrian’s Wall proffers up a heady mix of country, coast and city to the enthusiastic walker. Those visiting Sedgedunum in Wallsend may choose to follow the River Tyne upstream to Newburn. This 12 mile walk meanders through Newcastle’s elegant quayside, then passes riverside signs of the city’s proud industrial past, before softening out into more rural settings. If you’re based further up the Tyne Valley, in Hexham or Corbridge, there are a vast number of walks to choose from; whether your objective is to fully experience each Roman site as you explore or to really escape into much-needed tranquility, the walks here really deliver.

Amanda Smith

 

For more information go to http://www.hadrianswallcountry.co.uk

 

                                                                                           

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Beautiful, yet little known llyn Clywedog

 

The scenery surrounding this large reservoir near Llanidloes is truly wonderful. This walk takes you along the western side of the reservoir along the Glyndwr’s Way long distance footpath. You start at the car park at south western end of the water with views of the Afon Clywedog. You then head past the spectacular dam which is the tallest concrete dam in the UK, with a height of 72 metres and a length of 230 metres. The walk continues to the north western edge of the reservoir with a mixture of lakeside sections and woodland trails. It’s a splendid area for bird watching too. Look out for red kites, buzzards and ravens on your walk.
The whole of this route is designed for walkers but cyclists can enjoy the second half of the route where there is a splendid trail along the lakeside. For the first half you can follow country lanes to the west of the lake.

 

 

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Easter at Blenheim

The Pleasure Gardens will transform into an Easter wonderland with lots of interactive experiences, family-friendly activities, Easter trails and shows to enjoy.

Find a traditional fairground, Dressing Up Tent, Princess Meet & Greet plus Punch and Judy and Fairy Stilt walkers.

Embark on an Easter Bunny Walkabout, or frolic with the fairy stilt walkers; plus have a go at Archery and get jumping on the bouncy castle or try bungee trampolining!

Families can also see an Easter Puppet Show, watch Balloon Twisters, take part in Circus Skills Workshops and have their faces painted over the four-day celebration.

For further details go to http://www.blenheimpalace.com





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Walking advice from New Forest Park Lead Ranger

 

Walking Tips

Clothing
It’s important to dress for the season and the weather. In the autumn and winter wear suitable footwear, warm clothing and waterproofs, as the weather is often unpredictable and parts of some walks can be muddy. Even in the summer, the weather can be changeable.

Food and drink
Local pubs and cafes are never too far away in many parts of the New Forest. However it is always advisable to carry a drink, snacks and any medication you may need and remember to take your litter home with you or put it in a bin.

Animals
The National Park is famous for its roaming ponies, cattle, donkeys and pigs. They’re owned by people called Commoners. They are not used to people so it’s best to look, but don’t touch or feed the animals.

Ticks and Lyme Disease
Ticks are found in the wooded and grassy areas of the New Forest. They feed on the blood of passing animals including humans – find out how you can reduce the risk of infection.

Risk
All walkers walk at their own risk and neither the New Forest National Park Authority, partners or guides can take responsibility for personal injury. To the best of our knowledge, the routes are entirely on public rights of way or within areas that are open for public access. But we cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies in the information. If you do find a mistake in them, or think they could be improved, please let us know by emailing communications@newforestnpa.gov.uk

Gillie Molland

 

                                                                                

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