Vindolanda from Barcombe Hill

Barcombe Hill & Vindolanda

Walk Summary

A short walk to the modest summit of Barcombe Hill before an exploration of the fascinating Roman remains at Vindolanda.

Distance: 2.6 miles
Total ascent: 430ft
Walk Rating: ****
Parking: Roadside, Chesterholm
Route: Download Route [GPX]

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Walk Report

Our third walk of an action packed weekend in Hadrian's Wall country, this was really a prelude to a visit to the famed remains of the Roman settlement of Vindolanda.

The lack of distance was probably a good thing as we were both quite tired following our magnificent walk the day before. The climb up to the modest but shapely Barcombe Hill was hardly taxing enough for what is such a good viewpoint of the Whin Sill ridge to the north and Alston Moor to the south.

"There was a nice stretch along the ridge of the hill to what is known as the Long Stone, apparently a memorial to some colliers who’d lost their lives in a tragic mining accident in the 19th century."

There was a nice stretch along the ridge of the hill to what is known as the Long Stone, apparently a memorial to some colliers who lost their lives in a tragic mining accident in the 19th century. From the Long Stone there is also a superb bird's eye view of Vindolanda.

The route down Thorngrafton Common was not always easy to follow and there were a number of cows grazing which I always find intimidating. The clear path down Chainley Burn was pleasant enough, though it was a pity it did not follow the watercourse itself for much of the route.

The path brought us nicely back to Vindolanda just in time for a real downpour on what had otherwise been a pleasant sunny morning. Vindolanda itself was fascinating though it lacked the dramatic setting of Housesteads. Another smashing little walk.

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