One of the best photo points on the wall, easily accessible from Steel Rigg car park.
The landscape here is very similar to several other areas nearby including Cawfields Roman Wall and Milecastle 42 and Sycamore Gap and Castle Nick in that Hadrian's Wall follows the high ground, be it up or down, and often one immediately after the other. In this area you have a fairly level piece of wall before it drops down then goes back up a very step and high hill, with more ups and downs running away into the distance. The landscape is so large that you cannot get a good idea from a photograph, although people in the shots may give an idea of scale. The image is also wrapping around you, so from the viewpoint you have a section of the wall behind you, running off and down to your right, before climbing back up and going off to your right with Crag Lough (lake) in the background and the wall snakes on away as far as you can see.
You therefore need a panorama shot to get a wide enough view.
A panorama photograph made from 7 photographs, click on this image to see a larger version. Or click here to see an even larger version but it may take a time to load, and you then may need to click on the image to make it show full size.
But to give you an idea of scale if we look at another photo of just the slope up and you look very carefully you will see some small coloured marks part way up the hillside.
And blow up this section we see:-
From this you can see that on a video monitor its near impossible to show the detail of what you can see from this viewpoint. You need your magic eyeballs on site to appreciate this.
The image at the top of this page is a panorama made from 3 photos and then the edges removed to concentrate on just over half of the image.
Here are a few more of the many views available-
The lake that can be seen in a number of these photos is Crag Lough, the aerial images below are approaching this lake from the east, or north east and looking west back towards where the pictures above are taken.
Aerial photos by Simon Ledingham used with permission. Previously on www.visitcumbria.com
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