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ROMAN HERITAGE WAY
Steel Rigg / Housesteads - Bellingham


This section of the Way is 15 miles (24 Km) to Bellingham starting from Steel Rigg or 13.5 miles (22 Km) if starting from Housesteads. The majority (12.5 miles 20 Km) is common regardless of choosing the west or the east route.

Looking to the route north from the Roman Wall

This section of the Way sees within the first hour a significant change in the route. It turns north and picks up the waymarking of the Pennine Way, and it leaves behind the Roman Heritage of Hadrian's Wall as the walker heads into "Caledonia and the land of the warring Picts". From the safety of the south side of the Wall the route north through the Wark Forest can be identified. (Red dots on the photo)

Junction point as route turn North

Whether approaching from the West (Bowness - Yellow line) or the East (Wallsend - Red line) the initial walk is on the line of the wall above the crags. Between Hotbank and Cuddy's Crags there is a dip and a path leading north across the line of the Wall and out onto the lower and flatter moorland to the north is the one to follow.

Greenlee Lough from near Cragend

Heading due north the way has only slight gradients to encounter as the Way passes to the right of Greenlee Lough and the left of Broomlee Lough. This is sheep grazing countryside and sometimes stone slabs are laid to assist the crossing of some marshy areas.

Haughtongreen in south of Wark Forest

There now follows three distinct sections of forestry walking in the Wark Forest. Each section is relative short the first being the longest with a gradual incline. Keep to the tracks with the Pennine Way markers.
At the end of the first wooded section Haughton Common stretches ahead on the right.

Haughton Common by Hawk Side

There now follows about a kilometre of walking across Haughton Common in a NE direction to an entry point in to the second wooded path. This walk can be relatively indistinct, but you should walk toward the small group of trees isolated on the common then in the same direction to a stile pole on the forest edge.

Warks Burn

The forest walk resume as it descends through grassy paths towards the next opening and then quickly to a road. Do not take the right of way straight ahead, but turn right up the road for a short distance before turning left along another grass path into the third wooded section. At the far end there is further moorland and the direction is still generally to the north as it tracks its way to a pedestrian bridge almost hidden by trees that crosses the Warks Burn.

Shitlington Crags

The Way is now made up of a series of short sections through farm steedings, a private garden and a section of single track road that leads to a "T" junction on the road close to Manor Farm and Bridge house. With a further section of field the way crosses the Houxty Burn and arrives at Shitlington Hall followed by a rising walk to Shitlington Crags

Bellingham from Ealinghanrigg Common

At the mast the Way has reached the final high point of the section and shortly it is possible to see Bellingham lying to the north in the North Tyne valley. Behind Bellingham are the Callerhues Crags, an area where the next section of the Way passes as it heads into the hills to the north.

North Tyne from bridge into Bellingham

The way into Bellingham is longer than expected as the route is along the line of the Wark to Bellingham road as it swings NW before crossing the attractive bridge over the North Tyne to the west of the community. Close to the river is one of the town's attractions, this being St Cuthbert's Well which is supposed to have healing powers.

Bellingham

On crossing the river the way leads east into the centre close to St Cuthbert's Church and the somewhat unusual village hall. Next to this is a Chinese mounted musket that was captured in 1900 and then presented to the village by the commander of HMS Orlando.

The section ends close by at the Boer War Memorial and from here there are a range of shops, pubs and accommodation

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