Once Brewed, Roman Vindolanda and Housesteads

Once Brewed, Roman Vindolanda and Housesteads


Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland National Park


  • Leaving The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, Once Brewed, cross the B6318 (taking care) at the dog-leg junction signed for Steel Rigg.
  • Before reaching Steel Rigg car park join Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail via the gate signed for Housesteads. Follow the path in an easterly direction to Housesteads Roman Fort and Museum, a visit is highly recommended.
  • From the Fort and Museum, follow the tarmac road in a south westerly direction from the old farmhouse down to the B6318 Military Road. Turn right and in only a few yards cross the road (taking care) to take the ladder stile signed for Crindledykes.
  • After 3/4 mile turn right onto a road (it is also the Roman Stanegate).
  • Take the second road on the right for Roman Vindolanda. Once again, a visit is highly recommended, otherwise continue on the single track road around the back of the site and back onto the Stanegate.
  • Turn right at the junction signed for The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre.


  • Hadrian’s Wall – spectacular section
  • Housesteads Roman Fort (English Heritage/National Trust)
  • Roman Military Way
  • Stanegate Roman Road
  • Roman Vindolanda
  • The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre

Nearby attractions

  •  Brocolitia Fort and the Temple of Mithras
  • Cawfield Crags
  • Chesters Roman Fort (English Heritage)
  • Hexham market town
  • Pennine Way National Trail
  • Roman Army Museum (Carvoran)
  • Walltown Crags
Route image: 
Route type: 
7 1/2 miles
Estimated walk time: 
4 to 4 1/2 hours plus browsing time
Stenuous (several steep slopes)
Suggested start/finish: 
The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre (Grid Ref: NY 752 669)
Tourist information: 
The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre Tel: 01434 341200
Public transport: 
AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus (between Easter and October) stops at Once Brewed Visitor Centre, Housesteads and Roman Vindolanda.
Ordnance Survey Map: 
Explorer (OL) 43 Hadrian’s Wall
Places to eat and drink: 
The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre; Twice Brewed Inn; refreshment kiosk at Housesteads car park; café at Roman Vindolanda (site visitors only); Milecastle Inn
Other walks in this area: 
Bardon Mill and Thorngrafton Common.
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