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  • The construction of this amazing wall started in AD 122
  • The parking costs what I consider to be a very reasonable £1 per car, per day
  • I believe these toilets are locked at night
  • My personal favourite walk from Walltown Quarry leads up a steep slope and across farm land towards Hadrian's Wall
  • I would recommend anyone who is in the area to pay a visit to Walltown Quarry, it is in a beautiful location and I find it a peaceful, relaxing place to go

    • by brittle1906
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      Located on the remarkable Roman built, Hadrian’s Wall, Walltown Quarry is an ideal spot for a walk along the famous Roman wall or for a pleasant day in the Northumberland countryside.

      Hadrian’s Wall runs for 73 miles across northern England. The construction of this amazing wall started in AD 122. The wall remained in use until the 5th century by which time the Romans had left English shores. Today there is still significant evidence of the wall within the area.

      Walltown Quarry is located off the B6318 road, near to Greenhead. The site is well served by public transport and buses actually stop within the grounds.

      The car park is well laid out and there is plenty of room for vehicles, it can accommodate around 50 cars, there are dedicated bays for disabled badge holders and also a small coach park. The parking costs what I consider to be a very reasonable £1 per car, per day. The parking ticket is obtained from a machine on site and once purchased, you can re-use your ticket at many of the other Hadrian’s Wall and Roman sites in the area.


      Facilities at Walltown Quarry include public lavatories, these are very clean and well stocked with tissue, soap and so on. I believe these toilets are locked at night. There is also an information centre and a small shop which sells hot and cold drinks, light snacks and gifts. The little shop is not open all year round, it normally trades between April and October, however, Walltown Quarry is open 365 days a year.

      This region is very popular with backpackers, cyclists and hikers. There are lockable bicycle stands and drinking water point that the general public can use.

      Walltown Quarry was originally a working quarry, when industry finished at the site, the quarry has been landscaped and developed as a recreational site. There are walks for all abilities, some suitable for use by wheelchairs. The picnic areas are dotted around the quarry and there is even an undercover picnic site. The quarry has ponds and stream running through the land, and these are a left over from Walltown’s former use. The ponds have the requisite lifesaving equipment installed.

      The walks are ...


      • graded and it is easy to find one that suits you. There is even one called the ‘Clue Trail’ which is designed for children and takes around 45 minutes to complete. Although a children’s walk, it is very enjoyable for all ages. This walk is fairly easy and children have to seek out markers or clues as they follow the coloured arrows. These markers include pictures of flowers, animals and visible landmarks. It is a superb way of teaching youngsters about the countryside and its’ history and the local wildlife.

        My personal favourite walk from Walltown Quarry leads up a steep slope and across farm land towards Hadrian’s Wall. Once you reach the actual wall, the footpath runs adjacent to it and the scenery has to be seen to be believed! The footpath wends its way around a Mile Castle, a sort of lookout. The Mile Castles were constructed of the same stone as the wall and were built as the name implies, every few miles along the wall. The view from the Mile Castle at Walltown Quarry, towards the Scottish borders is

        breathtaking. Another walk I enjoy is a circular one that takes you through an area of woodland and around the back of the quarry. This particular walk is ideal for birdwatching, I have been fortunate enough to see a spotted woodpecker here.

        I would warn visitors that sensible sturdy footwear should be worn if you intend to follow any of the walks and as the weather can change very quickly in this location, it would be wise to carry a waterproof coat in case of sudden rain.

        Visitors are welcome to bring their dogs to Walltown Quarry, all animals must be kept on a lead. This is vital if you are following one of the walks that go through farmland as the fields are used for grazing livestock such as sheep.

        I would recommend anyone who is in the area to pay a visit to Walltown Quarry, it is in a beautiful location and I find it a peaceful, relaxing place to go. There are no admission fees to this lovely place, although you will need a £1 coin for parking if travelling by car.




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