Cawfields to Caw Gap

Cawfields to Caw Gap


Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland National Park


  • From Cawfields Quarry car park walk east past the quarry lake towards Milecastle 42.
  • With Hadrian’s Wall on your left, follow the National Trail as far as the road at Caw Gap. 
  • Turn immediately to your right, in a few yards cross over the stile signed Cawfields Quarry 1 mile.
  • Follow the low-level route next to the Vallum and Roman Military Way back to Cawfields Quarry.


  • 2 National Trails (Hadrian’s Wall Path and Pennine Way)
  • Cawfields Quarry
  • Hadrian’s Wall
  • Milecastle 42
  • Roman Military Way
  • Turret 41a (Caw Gap)
  • Turret 41b (Thorny Doors)
  • Vallum – the bank and ditch earthwork
  • Whin Sill

Nearby attractions

  • Brocolitia Fort and the Temple of Mithras
  • Cawfield Crags
  • Chesters Roman Fort (English Heritage)
  • Haltwhistle (‘Centre of Britain’)
  • Hexham market town
  • Housesteads Roman Fort (English Heritage/National Trust)
  • Roman Army Museum (Carvoran)
  • Roman Vindolanda
  • Thirlwall Castle
  • Walltown Quarry
  • Willowford Roman bridge abutment
  • Northumberland National Park Centre, Once Brewed
  • Pennine Way National Trail
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Route type: 
Estimated walk time: 
1 hour
Moderate (some steep slopes)
Suggested start/finish: 
Cawfields Quarry car park (Grid Ref: NY 714 666)
Tourist information: 
Once Brewed Visitor Centre Tel: 01434 344396
Public transport: 
AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus (between Easter and October)
Ordnance Survey Map: 
Explorer (OL) 43 Hadrian’s Wall
Places to eat and drink: 
Milecastle Inn 1/2 mile on B6318 military road; picnic table at Cawfields Quarry; Haltwhistle, Herding Hill Farm Shop and cafe
Other walks in this area: 
Greenhead and Blenkinsopp Common (includes Walltown Quarry). (Enquire at Tourist Information Centre)
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