8. Hexham to Wark

With its rich history, beautiful architecture and more shops and eateries than you’ve seen for a week you might want to stay an extra day in Hexham – however the trail awaits – and so does crossing Hadrian’s Wall – so, with the smallest daily ascent of the route so far, let’s go.

The route leaves Hexham to the North, crossing the train line towards the Tynedale Golf club and heads alongside the River Tyne. Passing under the A69 and along the River Tyne Trail the route crosses the river at Bridge End, before heading in to Newborough. Then passing Newborough Lodge and crossing open country before arriving at Hardian’s wall. Heading west along the wall before, crossing more open country past Slaterfield Fell, Pit Wood, Low Moralee and descending through Warksburn Wood to Wark.

No alternative routes for this section – other than a note about a previously poor path through Warkburn Wood. Also you may wish to take a short detour east along Hadrian’s Wall to find more visible sections of the vallum at Carrawboroug Farm.

Distance: 13.5 miles (21.7 km)
Total distance: 121.5 miles (195.5 km)
Ascent: 411 metres
Descent: 373 metres
Highest elevation: Roman Wall, Carrawbrough 238m
Terrain: A fine riverside walk to an attractive village; an ascent to the line of the Roman Wall and a temple. A journey over wide upland pastures and 'One more river to cross.'

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OS Map: Hadrian’s Wall OL43