Hadrian's Wall Walk 2 Circular-Once Brewed - Peel Bothy - Highshields Crags - Cawfields Quarry - Hallpeat Moss - North Seatsides - Twice Brewed

Hadrian's Wall, Walk 2

Once Brewed- Highshields Crag-Cawfield Quarry-Hallpeat Moss-North Seatsides-Once Brewed, Circular

Location - NY 752668 on OS Landranger sheet 87 or Explorer Map OL43

10 Km - 6.2Miles 4.0 hours

How to get there Park in car park Once Brewed, Northumberland National Park Centre £3 all day (2009)

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Start:- From the car park turn left (north) you will come immediately to the B6318 known locally as the Military Road.

Cross the road taking great care the traffic is very fast and follow the road on the other side up to Peel Bothy.

Go past the bothy through a gate on the right and up left across the field ahead to a stile over a small wall.

Take the path left up the hill with Hadrian's Wall to your left.

Follow it round the corner pass along and over the road by the stiles and set off up the gentle slope towards Windshields Crags.


The stretch of Hadrian's Wall going right over Peel Crag is the subject of Hadrian's Wall Walk 1.

Past the site of Milecastle 40 the trig point 345 is at the top of Windshields Crags

I came across many dogs on the Hadrian's Wall part of the Walk. however the return trip proceeds through a number of fields with grazing stock and I have therefor marked the walk as a whole as unsuitable for dogs.

The walk continues up and down the ridge of the Whinsill with super views West and North

Beyond the road at Caw Gap the site of Turret 41A is clearly seen in the grass

Continue down past Thorny Doors to the site of milecastle 42, Cawfield.

The Walk leaves the wall at this point turning south following a grassy path through the Vallum and on to a gated stile to join a metalled lane

However through the gate on the right beyond the milecastle a path leads to Cawfield Quarry. There are public conveniences there and through the gate beyond the car park are some picnic tables.

The Car park charges are the same as that at Once Brewed £3 All Day (2009)

Take this lane left up to the Military Road. Cross the road taking great care the traffic is very fast and follow the road on the other side up past the Milestone Inn and Park Cottage

After a few hundred yards take the signposted stile over the wall on the left.

The walk takes the grassy path away from the wall. This path is quite easy to follow meandering always eastward over the hill. You will soon see the farms Hallpeat Moss and Hilltop and these provide your direction. As the path drops down you will see a wall across your way ahead. The path is rather indistinct here but you should veer down and to the right close to the wall and having crossed a small stream you will come to a stile left . Take the stile, and stay to the right and forward.

The path goes to the right of a field wall and through a Metal gate onto a road. Take the road uphill to the right.

A few yards on from where the road from Hilltop Farm meets this road you will come to a gate with a stile over the adjacent wall.

Take this stile.

The grassy lane ahead is dead straight continue along it until you come to a gated wall. To your right over the brow of the hill the buildings are those of Bayldon Farm. There is a stile over the wall to the left, the signpost has seen better days.

Over the stile there is no distinct track. Take your direction from the animal feeders in the field half right and follow that line over the brow of the hill.

You will see the tops of two groups of trees make for the left hand and nearest group.

When you see the ruined cottage ahead make for the right hand side of it as the ground directly in front of the building is quite marshy.

Before the Cottage you will cross a stony path running East ~West this is the "Stanegate" a Roman road that linked Corbridge with Carlisle.
Taking the Stone stile by the cottage make your way downhill right across the field to a wooden stile.

Over the stile continue in the same direction to the ruins of North Seatsides

Beyond them in the same direction cross Brackies Burn, go through the gate and pass up the right hand side of the field towards a "rusty" building.

Pass up the overgrown path to the right of the building and you will come out on the "Military Road" once again. TAKE CARE !! A walk along the verge to your right for a few hundred yards will bring you to the Twice Brewed Inn.

Beyond the Inn go right, through the car park and follow the path into the Once Brewed car park to some welcome picnic tables and you are back where you started.

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For consideration, when using the countryside

This selection of walks in Northumberland follow recognised public rights of way or permissive paths and should be easy for most people to negotiate: but please remember that wet and winter weather can make paths muddy in places and the summer months produce fresh growth of vegetation - so wear suitable clothing and footwear.

If on any of these walks you find obstructions, or damage to stiles or footbridges which make paths impassible, please report these details as soon as possible to the countryside department of the Local or National Park authority responsible for the area.

Relationships between local farmers and those who use the footpaths are generally very good and there is no reason why they should not remain so given reasonable attitudes and understanding. Remember that the countryside is the farmers' livelihood, so please observe the Country Code : keep to the paths; close gates after you ; and take care not to cause damage, or leave litter; keep your dog under control; and leave all wild flowers for others to enjoy.

Taken from: Country Walks in East Tynedale by Philip R. B. Brooks (1978) NBM Sept 2009

Dogs in the countryside :-

On Rights of Way - Dogs must be kept under close control, preferably on a short lead.

On Access Land - 1) Keep your dog on a short lead from 1 March to 31 July this to protect ground nesting birds from disturbance

2) Local restrictions may include a ban on dogs.

3) Note that restrictions do not apply to Guide/Hearing dogs, or if you are using a public right of way


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