5 Reasons to Take a Trip to Hadrian’s Wall

Posted 12 Jun 17, written by Amanda Lambert

Sprawling across the North West to North East coastline, Hadrian’s Wall formerly marked the division between the Roman Empire and the lands of the Ancient Britons for almost 300 years. Over 2,000 years later - and while the northern frontier no longer serves as a defensive fort which separates the land - the ruins of the Roman Wall, Vallum Hadriani, still remain today.
A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site with large stretches of the wall in Northumberland still intact, exploring Hadrian’s Wall by foot is an experience that’s not to be missed. Whether you’re a history lover, avid walker or just looking to try something new this summer, there are countless reasons why you should explore England’s northernmost countryside this year. In today’s post, we’ll be inciting a sense of wanderlust in you as we take a closer look at why you should ensure that a trip to Hadrian’s Wall is on your itinerary for 2017.

1. See the array of wildlife for yourself

With Hadrian’s Wall largely covering rural countryside, a trip to these world-famous ruins will no doubt include the opportunity to get up close and personal with nature - which is why so many people agree that spending the day by this Roman monument makes one of the most spectacular Northumberland days out. From rare Large Heath butterflies to well-disguised Meadow Pipits, this largely undisturbed area promises some of the most impressive species of flora and fauna.

2. Learn about what life was like during the Roman Empire

With milecastles situated along the way and forts positioned at approximately five mile intervals, the remaining ruins of Hadrian’s Wall are steeped in history. From bathhouses to turrets and shrines, getting up close to this Roman megastructure is a way for adults and children alike to step back in time. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the region’s Roman history when sightseeing in Northumberland, make sure that you visit one of the family-friendly museums, such as at Housesteads Roman Fort - where experts will share their best trivia about the auxiliary fort with you.

3. Take in the incredible views at sunrise and sunset


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With many access points to this national landmark open both throughout the day and after dusk, why not embrace the opportunity of capturing the fortress in its best light? Whether you experience dawn breaking over the Roman monument or watch the sun melt over the horizon at Sycamore Gap, the magnificent view of the sun rising and setting behind this ancient frontier will be something that you’re not likely to forget in a hurry.

4. Enjoy the fresh countryside air

As England’s most sparsely populated county, it’s no surprise that so many of us make a pilgrimage to Northumberland’s unspoilt countryside each year in the pursuit of some fresh air. Whether you’re in need of some peace and quiet or you’re just looking to get back in touch with nature, taking a hike along the remote ruins of Hadrian’s Wall is guaranteed to leave you feeling both refreshed and inspired by the natural surroundings. Just be sure to pack suitable clothing to prepare for the elements!

5. Spend time with friends and family

When it comes to planning an escape to the countryside, finding a comfortable place to rest your weary head after an action-packed day of exploring will be crucial - and thanks to our collection of high quality holiday cottages near Hadrian’s Wall, you can do just that. From cosy two-beds to holiday homes that will suit larger groups, our Hadrian’s Wall cottages come complete with all the cooking facilities that you could need – so you can plan your holiday, your way. Whether you bring your own board games to play around the table or choose to dine alfresco in the July sun, rest assured that you’ll be able to enjoy some well-deserved quality time together when staying just a stone’s throw from this historic site.
So, what are you waiting for? The nation’s finest Roman monument is waiting to be explored, so start planning your summertime staycation today by finding your Hadrian's Wall self-catering accommodation with Cottages in Northumberland.
Each of our Northumberland self-catering options are beautifully furnished throughout, and with an extensive range of dog-friendly properties, the whole family can enjoy a getaway to this stunning corner of the UK.
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