Sycamore Gap


Date: 8th September 2018
Time: 10:30 am
Distance: 5 miles
Difficulty: Easy

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Sycamore Gap

The Sycamore Gap walk starts at the Sill car park (at Twice Brewed).

From the car park we will walk up the road to the Hadrian’s Wall Path to climb to the highest point on Hadrian’s Wall and the highest point on the walk, Winshield Crags.

Following this we will follow the wall  where we will walk up steps to walk alongside Hadrian’s Wall before dropping down to Sycamore Gap where the iconic tree stands.  There is a low path which takes us to the same point but we will be returning along this.

SycamoreGap - SycamoreGap-10062018-4.jpgFrom here we pass Crag Lough, an inland lake, before following the footpath around past one of the two Milecastles on the route.  Milecastles are fortified gateways, built every Roman mile, often protecting weak points along the Wall.

Walking through some farm fields we return to the Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre or the Twice Brewed Inn for refreshments.

This is a beautiful walk not to be missed with outstanding views and of course the iconic Robin Hood Tree.

Places of Interest

Sycamore Gap

The Sycamore Gap tree is one of most photographed in the country.  It stands in a dramatic dip in Hadrian’s Wall in the Northumberland National Park.  The 1991 film ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’, starring Kevin Costner, was filmed here.  The tree has been known as The Robin Hood Tree ever since.

Crag Lough

Crag Lough was formed by glaciers in the last Ice Age and is one of the four Roman Wall Loughs.

The Sill

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre is Northumberland National Park’s new visitor attraction and will excite and inspire people of all ages to explore the landscape, history, culture and heritage of Northumberland.


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This shows the start location for this walk.
Nearest postcode: NE47 7AN
OS Grid Reference:  NY 75254 66844

Parking: Parking is at the Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre.
It is accessible from the B6318 Military Road, near the Twice Brewed Inn.
Parking Charges:  £1 per hour, max £5 per day.