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Northumberland - Hadrian’s Wall country
Hadrian's Wall sretches for 73 miles across the neck of England © Dave Head, Shutterstock
Hadrian’s Wall is the region’s most famous attraction – and an awe-inspiring feature of the rugged Northumberland landscape.
North of the Tyne Valley, the hills begin their gallop towards Scotland but are momentarily stopped dead in their tracks by a surge of igneous rock across the middle of Northumberland. This dramatic escarpment is made even more impassable by a ten-foot-high stone barricade ribboned along its uppermost lip. Built 2,000 years ago and spanning, in its entirety, 73 miles across the neck of England, Hadrian’s Wall is the region’s most famous attraction – and an awe-inspiring feature of the rugged Northumberland landscape. According to English Heritage it’s ‘the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain’. The best-preserved stretch, between Chesters and Brampton, rides the tops of the highest hills and rocky ridges where undulating grasslands roll far into Cumbria and down through the Tyne Valley. This is superb walking country indeed.