THE COTTAGE ON HADRIAN'S WALL
A great location for exploring Hadrian's Wall
- and beyond.
As you'd imagine, in a cottage built on the foundations of Hadrian's Wall, guests are in the ideal location for exploring the many features of this World Heritage Site.
The Hadrian's Wall footpath runs right past the cottage, so features such as the Wall and turret at Walltown Crags are just a short walk away -as is the newly-refurbished Roman Army Museum at Walltown. Birdoswald Roman Fort, Housesteads Fort and the amazing archaeological site at Vindolanda can all be reached on foot for those who enjoy their exercise- but for those who prefer a more leisurely day, the Hadrian's Wall Bus runs in season to all points of interest. It's also a great way of getting to and from start and end points for those walking sections of the Wall path.
Despite being in a quiet location, Holmhead Cottage on Hadrian's Wall is surprisingly handy for visits to a whole range of destinations such as The Scottish Borders, the spectacular Northumberland Coast, Holy Island and Lindisfarne. The heart of the Lake District is only an hour's drive and a train from nearby Haltwhistle can get you to The Metro centre (the UK's biggest mall) or the centres of bustling Newcastle or Carlisle in less than an hour.
The North Pennines (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is on the doorstep. Within its borders you'll find sweeping vistas of open moorland, plenty of walking and some interesting local features such as the Lead Mining heritage centres at Nenthead and Kilhope or the dramatic sight of High Force on the River Tees - England's biggest waterfall .
Europe's largest man-made lake, Kielder and its surrounding vast areas of pine forest are a hour's drive through Northumberland's rugged landscape.
Durham and its Cathedral (another World Heritage Site) are about an hour away, as is the amazing Beamish Museum - a real experience of the industrial heritage of the North East.
For those who just want to stay close to base, there are many local walks.
The AD 122 , Hadrian's Wall Country Bus runs to all major sites along Hadrian's Wall:
Photograph: (c) Deve Photography
Holmhead, with Thirlwall Castle in the background
Almost dawn: Photography by Wayne Brittle