Hadrian's Wall & Vindolanda Walking Tour Package
When: 22 Jun - 26 Jun 2020
Cost: £85.00 Adult
Ticket notes: Price is approx. per person, based on 2 adults sharing a pitch.
Slight reduction for Age concession (approx. £78pp)
Opening hours: 12pm-12pm
Website: Visit website
Enjoy a Historical Walking Holiday in Northumberland
4 nights camping w/electric
Hadrian’s Wall Walking (Tues)
Tour of Vindolanda (Tues)
Optional Guided walks from the campsite, in the North Tyne Valley (Thurs).
Hadrian’s Wall Walk (23rd June):
A 6 mile walk, over half of which is along the most spectacular part of the Wall with local Historian Peter Carney, drawing your attention to things you would never spot alone.
Walk route: Steel Rigg - Sycamore Gap - Crag Lough - Housesteads - Vindolanda. The first 2/3rds of the walk to Housesteads runs alongside The Wall itself, West to East, on the edge of the Hadrian's Wall-Pennine section of the Great Whin Sill. The Great Winn Sill is an enormous geological feature in Britain, a deep vein of tabular igneous rock running from County Durham to near Berwick, at times forming dramatic rocky outcrops, one of which is this section of the route of Hadrian's Wall. It is not difficult to see why the Romans eventually chose this as part of the line of the boundary of their Empire's Northern frontier. Walking this section offers superb views of the line of Hadrian's Wall, as well as an expansive outlook across into Northumberland. There is opportunity for a short break at Housesteads fort car park (drinks, toilets) before changing direction, on much more level terrain, to the south and then back west to Vindolanda.
Please note that, although short, the walk is not easy, with several short steep ascents and descents. We would rate the difficulty as easy-moderate and most suitable for fairly regular walkers.
Vindolanda Roman Fort (23rd June): After a break for lunch (take your own sandwiches or buy at the Vindolanda Cafe), Peter guides us around Vindolanda, one of the largest and most impressive Roman fort on the Wall. A wood + turf fort was first constructed pre-Roman, around AD85 before being replaced around AD120 by the Romans in their usual 'playing card format. Much of the remains that can be seen today are 3rd Century. The fort is one of the most actively excavated in Britain and thus one of the most important Roman sites in Europe. The site is also famous for the Vindolanda Tablets; small 2 mm thick wooden hand-written Roman 'postcards'. The first haul of tablets, uniquely preserved in the damp anaerobic soil of Vindolanda, was discovered in 1973, with subsequent finds including a large haul in 2017. Most tablets are held by the British Museum in London, but some are on loan and displayed in a special vaulted gallery in the Vindolanda Museum. The tablets include both personal and offical communications at the time and provide insight into life at that time. The fort is an atmospheric and interesting historical site. You can relax in the expert hands of Peter Carney as your guide, who will take you to the highlights and to any archeologists that might be excavating on-site that day.
Guided Walks (25th June):
A choice of guided walks, morning and afternoon, varying from 1 1/2 miles to 5 miles each, in the beautiful North Tyne Valley. The walks are off the beaten track and guided by ourselves. Obviously, these walks are optional and you might like to do something else instead, or walk to the nearby Hareshaw Linn waterfall.
Free day (24th June):
Take a look at our Pre-arrival guide on the Bellingham Site web page, for ideas for activities on your free day (10th June). If you like walking, the Hareshaw Linn waterfall is hard to beat. Otherwise, visit a stately home, garden, Hadrian's Wall, or Kielder Forest and Water Park. Northumberland National park is the 2018 winner of the best National Park in Britain from the British Tourism awards - our site is on its doorstep! Clear skies offer stunning night skies too (we are in a Dark Skies area), so bring some binoculars!
Notes: The package tour requires a minimum of 8 persons booked to be operationally viable at these prices. If this minimum number is not reached, we will refund any monies spent that cover the tour component of your stay. However, it has managed to run successfully each year since 2016. (max number 20 people).
Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Brown Rigg, Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2JY
Tel: 01434 220175
The location of our site is given on the Club's website. We are on the B6320, south side of Bellingham village, next to the Forestry Commission buildings. We are also on the South side of Bellingham Bridge.
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