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Cawfields Roman Wall
and Milecastle 42

nr Haltwhistle, Northumberland

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The lake and cut away quarry surface

A stretch of Hadrianls Wall on a steep slope, with turrets and an impressive milecastle, probably built by the Second Legion. Accessible from Cawfields Quarry car park. One of the best photo points on the wall.

The car park is by a quarry lake that has resulted in a large piece or stone hillside being removed that once had a piece of the wall running over it. The wall now runs up a very steep rock face then comes to a stop at the top, just before a large fall into the lake below. You can walk up the slope by the wall and reach a point at the top where there is a small barrier, some people climb over the barrier and walk along the top of the wall to look over the lake. From the top and the way up you can look back down both at the wall and at a mile fort, giving a near aerial view. You also have a  good view of a further section of the wall.

While Hadrian's Wall does not go in a straight line it keeps to the highest ground in a fairly constant swish as it runs around the hill top, so at many points like this it goes up very steep hills and down again, when had they wished, they could have saved the need to do this by following the contours or moving slightly to the north at these points. The advantage is that it is defendable from attack from both sides, in front and behind. Sycamore Gap and Castle Nick  and Steel Rigg  are other points nearby where the wall does some serious climbing and falling along the route chosen so as to keep to the high ground.

The way up

  Looking back down always looks much higher

From the mile fort looking back towards the top, you can see the the barrier
 and one of the people to climb over it

At the top looking over the barrier,
you can't see the large drop ahead

  But you can see from this side,
 but you would not fall into the lake

You can see the wall behind following the high ground.

Another view looking down from by the safety barrier

The mile fort from the ground 

Aerial photo by Simon Ledingham used with permission. Previously on www.visitcumbria.com

Location: Cawfields Roman Wall and Milecastle 42, nr Haltwhistle, Northumberland

Grid Reference: NY715667 Ceremonial County: Northumberland

Map Link: Multimap

Aerial photo: Multimap

Getting there: The car park is pay and display, accessible from a small road, see the map for its location.

Access: I think its open all the time.
Other Useful Websites: EH Geograph including images
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Opening Times: The wall is accessible all the time, and I think the car park is also always open

Charges: Free, but pay and display in the car park, blue badge holders free.

Nearby Locations: many points along Hadrian's Wall   

including to the east Sycamore Gap and Castle Nick and Steel Rigg

Other Location Pages: Hadrian's Wall Route Guide

Other Relevant Pages: Roman Frontiers    Hadrian's Wall      

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By: Keith Park   Section: Roman Key:
Page Ref: Cawfields Topic: Roman Britain Last Updated: 05/2010


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