Brampton is inextricably linked with Hadrian’s Wall. The Nations favourite National Trail passes 2 km north of Brampton and the surrounding countryside echoes of Roman occupation. Walkers coming to Brampton need to know which parts of The Roman Wall are easily accessible and this page aims to give you the places not to miss. Grid Ref’s refer to maps purchased next door.
The National Trail
Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail is an unbroken 84-mile signposted trail stretching from coast-to-coast, from Wallsend in the east to Bowness-on-solway in the west.
It passes through some of the most beautiful parts of England – from rolling fields and rugged moorland to the vibrant cities of Newcastle and Carlisle. For more information on Hadrian’s Wall National Trail visit the National Trails website.
Local to Brampton
The AD122 Hadrian’s Wall bus brings the whole central section of this World Heritage Site within easy reach of the walker. Those walking from Brampton can catch the 685 to Greenhead and then the AD122 to easily reach interesting sections of the wall.
Closer to Brampton and now not accessible by public transport are the following sites:
Castlesteads (OS NY 513635) There is nothing left of the Roman Wall here but the fort (Camboglanna) is strongly linked with the battle of Camlann in 537 and the death of King Arthur as recorded in the 10th-century Annales Cambriae.
The Roman fort of Birdoswald (OS NY 615 663) is one of the best preserved of the sixteen forts along Hadrian’s Wall. The fort is situated in a commanding position on a triangular spur of land bounded by cliffs to the south and east overlooking a broad meander of the River Irthing. The fort was known as Banna (Latin for “spur”), which reflects the geography of the site.
Hare Hill, Banks Turret & Pike Hill
The Hare Hill section (OS NY 562646) of Hadrian’s Wall stands to a height of about 2.7 metres. The core of the wall is original but part of the face has been reconstructed. It is the highest remaining section of remaining wall.
Before Hadrian’s Wall was built, there were a number of Roman forts along the Stanegate, the Roman road between Corbridge and Carlisle. Watchtowers were also built on high ground with commanding views, used for signalling to the Stanegate forts. Pike Hill was one of these early signal towers (OS NY 577648)
The western end of The Wall was first built of turf, with stone turrets. Within 10 years, the turf wall was replaced with stone. Banks Turret (52A) was later built into the stone wall (OS NY 575648)
If you are travelling from Carlisle to the Wall, then you can connect with the AD122 service at Haltwhistle, Walltown or Hexham using local bus and rail services.
If you are travelling from Newcastle to the Wall the 685 bus service operated by Arriva and the Northern Rail train service run regular services and connect with the AD122 at Hexham and Haltwhistle. These services also run from Carlisle.
See the Hadrian’s Wall Connecting Services page for more information.
2015 Timetable Download
Information on Traveline
Traveline provides a quick online journey planner covering bus and rail options (including the AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus) that will help in planning your journey and a mobile friendly bus planner called NextBuses.
LOCAL BUS SERVICES
Bus routes important to walkers in the Brampton area are:
94 Hallbankgate – Brampton – Laversdale – Carlisle
95 Brampton – Heads Nook – Great Corby – Carlisle
97 Castle Carrock – Brampton – Hethersgill – Carlisle
680 Nenthead – Alston – Halton Lea Gate – Brampton – Carlisle
685 Carlisle – Brampton – Haltwhistle – Hexham – Newcastle
AD122 Hexham – Walltown
For all bus timetables visit Cumbria County Council transport page