A nice easy walk from the Winshields Farm campsite up to Winshield Crags, the highest point on Hadrian's Wall.
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This long overdue return to Hadrian's Wall came about when I promised my nephew, Liam, a camping trip for his 8th birthday. As Liam also has an interest in history I thought somewhere around Hadrian's Wall would make a good location. In the end we camped at Winshields Farm which was perfectly positioned for this short evening walk up on Winshield Crags, the highest point of Hadrian's Wall. It is worth noting that parking is not available to non-campers. An alternative start for this walk is the car park at Steel Rigg.
Starting from the campsite itself we took the path climbing up Lodhams Slack to reach the line of the wall in no time at all. From there it was a simple walk up to the trig point which marks the highest point at 345m above sea level.
"When we got to the top of Winshield Crags Liam spent some time pretending to be a Roman soldier defending the wall from invading Picts."
Earlier that day we'd been to Chesters Roman Fort where Liam bought himself a toy Roman sword, shield and helmet. He took them with him both on this walk and the next day's from Housesteads. So it was that when we got to the top of Winshield Crags Liam spent some time pretending to be a Roman soldier defending the wall from invading Picts whilst I was snapping away at the views with my camera.
Winshields Crag is an excellent viewpoint with the line of Whin Sill crags stretching away towards Walltown Crags to the west and across Hotbank Crags towards Sewingshields Crags to the east. It had rained on and off for most of the day and to the north much of Wark Forest was still covered in cloud, elsewhere the sunshine had broken through to provide some beautiful summer evening views.
From the summit it was an easy walk east to a minor road which led us down to the B6318 and the Twice Brewed Inn. From there it was a simple walk back along the road taking care of passing cars which have a tendency to speed along on the dead straight former military road.