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Crag Lough and Vindolanda Fort Trail Loop is a 8 mile loop trail located near Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 8.0 mi Elevation gain 1,059 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Lake Views Wildlife Historic site
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A round trail along the most beautiful part of Hadrian's Wall. If you want to visit both historic sites on the way - Housesteads Roman Fort and Vindolanda Roman Town - plan a full day.

Restrooms can be used in Housesteads Roman Fort (near trailhead) as well as The Sill Centre and Twice Brewed Inn half way of the route. Restrooms in Vindolanda only for visitors. Housesteads Roman Fort and Vindolanda Roman Town are beautiful sights, plan one hour each for the visit. About 300 m west of Crag Lough you pass Sycamore Gap which is a famous Location from "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves".

For a good lunch visit Twice Brewed Inn on the west side of the route.

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Tamsin W
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A great opportunity to walk along Hadrian’s Wall and to picnic by the famous Sycamore Gap. Watch out for an alternative view of this beautiful tree as you walk down the path to/from Vindolanda.

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Françesca Hosking
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Stunning trail along part of the wall, across fields and roads. just to note parking is past the starting point and I would probably state walk is more moderate ability than easy as some steep steps to climb. Overall a beautiful, peaceful walk.

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Françesca Hosking
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Dalton Mullinger
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Lovely walk bit breezy after climbing the steps, views are fantastic on a clear day. And the forest section down to the reservoir has a lovely spot shaded by the trees for a picnic. Back end of the route has few miles of road walking which is never fun but they are very quiet so it’s not to bad. Vindolanda is closed currently which was a shame as that would break up the road route back to the car park.

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Kay Mackie
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Great walk, not so easy. We took a few de tours but the scenery was lovely! Also the pub is at the beginning/ end! (Not the middle) if you start where the route says x

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Neville Mathers
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Every nice hike with great scenery and good photo opportunities. We stopped at the Vindolanda museum which was very interesting but it is easy to burn a couple of hours there. If you are starting out late in the day I would suggest going clockwise because it seems the wind picks up in the afternoon in this region and in this direction you will have the wind behind. At the end of the walk worth a stop at The Twice Brewed pub.

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Elaine Fullarton
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Shirley Mole
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Gail Everitt
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Davina Thomson
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Stephen Mcloughlin
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Naomi Peck
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Sasha Taylor
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Peter Rodholm
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Claire Jessup
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Andre Biz
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Susan Helland
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April Wallace
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Tim Dowling
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