Travelling west, you can visit Cawfields (approx. 5-minute drive), where Hadrian’s Wall hangs on the edge of the sheer crags of the Whin Sill. Cawfields features public toilets including changing facilities, an information point and a sheltered picnic area. It’s a great starting point to walk to Milecastle 42 and a great stretch of Hadrian’s Wall.
Easy walks and picnics can be enjoyed at Walltown Country Park. It’s great to explore the area with its tall crags around the large hollow left after quarrying. Here you can see how Hadrian’s Wall was built on the sheer north-facing edge of a great wave of volcanic rock.
Walltown Country Park features woodland, meadows, a wildlife lake, car parking, cafe and toilet facilities. It provides good access to Walltown Craggs, just a 10-minute walk, where you’ll find some of the best preserved sections of Hadrian’s Wall.
The small village of Greenhead lies just outside the Northumberland National Park, down the road from Walltown. You can visit Thirlwall Castle, a 12th-century castle on the bank of the River Tipalt.