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ROMAN HERITAGE WAY
Heddon on the Wall - Chollerford


This section of the Way is just over 15 miles (24.5 Km) and follows the line of the B 6318 known as the military road for most of the section. This is in open countryside, never far from the side of the road, but mainly on farmland next to the roadside hedge or wall.
Starting at 160 mtrs altitude this rises to 250 mtrs before descending into Chollerford at 60 mtrs.

Walking beside the Vallum near Milecastle 13

Exit Heddon-on-the-Wall to the NW of the village and immediately you can see the nature of the Roman building, as the road lies in a straight line ahead. This road has been built on top of the line of the Wall and indeed of a subsequent military road built by General Wade. The route does a short detour, this to accommodate of a much more recent road, the A69 dual carriageway.

Site of Vindobala Fort

The Way now reverts to the line of the defensive wall or between it and the Vallum. The walking surface now changes to grass, as much of this section is on fields adjacent to the ongoing B 6318. In general there is a gradual incline for all but the last part of this section but the gradient is very little. From time to time the Way leaves one field to cross a road and then re-enters a new field. One such field was the site of the Vidobala Fort , no remains worth talking remain but the shape of the field gives the impression of Roman heritage.

Reservoir at Whittle Dene

The route at this stage has few communities and even Harlow Hill is little more than a hamlet.
Ahead is a change of scenery with the reservoir straddling both sides of the road. We are now close to the Robin Hood Inn, a likely stopping point for the first day if the walker is planning to walk the route in 6 days.

Typical path beside the Military Road

The route remains very straight except for one or two small corners , the path often exiting onto or across the road as it makes it way into the next field or past a farmhouse. This leads to the next major crossing at the A 68 road at the Errington Arms. The A 68 is a road that the Way will meet on several days later on the route, and the A 68 basically follows the line of the old Roman Road called Dere Street.

Errington Arms at A68 / Dere Street

Dere Street was the Romans military road from York all the way to the Firth of Forth close to Edinburgh, and passed by Trimontium, the end point of this Way.
The Way again heads off in a relative straight manner the landscape receiving some relief when the way passes through a forest section before crossing to the north side of the B 6318.

Hadrian's Wall at Planetrees

The next point of significant change comes with the arrival at the Heavenfield Battle site. This was a Christian verses Pagan battle on the 7th century under the victorious control of King Oswald. Almost immediately the landscape changes with the north Tyne valley lying below and as the descent starts another well preserved Roman remain appear in the form of a broad wall at Planetrees.

Brunton Turret

The Way diverts off the line of Hadrian's Wall for a short distance before rejoining it at Brunton Turret. The Way crosses the line of the wall which heads west to cross the river close to Chesters Fort, the walk crossing the river at the five arched bridge at Chollerford.

North Tyne River at Chollerford

Chollerford is the attractive end to this section. It lies on the North Tyne River and is only under a mile from the Roman Fort of Cilurnum but which is referred to as Chesters, the name of the surrounding estate. It was John Clayton the classical scholar who lived in Chesters who is responsibel in the 1800's for much of the work in preserving the Roman Heritage in Northern England.

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