Enjoy a holiday of walking and sightseeing by bus and by car
Explore Vindolanda and other
Spectacular Roman Sites
on Hadrian's Wall National Trail
Enjoy Day Trips to Kielder Water, Durham, Newcastle and Carlisle
Guests, Dianna and John, recommend the following itinerary
for your stay at Strand Cottage.
Drove to Heddon on the Wall from Strand Cottage, Parked car at Dingle Dell Tea Room/Vets just off Towne Gate Road. Then we caught the number 685 bus to Newcastle from outside Three Tuns Pub. We arrived at Newcastle Eldon Square Bus Station about 10.30. Caught Metro to Wallsend (Coast train). Walked to Segedunum to get Passport stamped and started walk back to car at Heddon on the Wall.
Drove to Heddon on the Wall and parked in same car park as day one. Caught 9.27 AD 122 bus at the bus stop at corner of Towne Gate Road across the road from the The Three Tuns Pub. Arrived at Chesters Roman Fort 10.13. Walked back up to the roundabout at The George Hotel. Turned right over the bridge and picked up Hadrian’s Wall Path to walk back to Heddon.
Drove to Chollerford and parked the car in a lay-by near the George Hotel, just off the roundabout. Walked down to Chesters Roman Fort to catch 10.13 AD122 bus to Once Brewed National Park Centre. Arrived at Once Brewed about 10.35. Walked up to Steel Rigg to start, then, walked back to Chollerford.
Parked at Once Brewed National Park Centre. Caught 9.44 AD 122 bus towards Carlisle. Asked driver to stop at Banks car park. This is at turret 52A just passed Birdoswald. Passport stamped at Birdoswald on the way back to Once Brewed.
Went to Beamish Living History Museum for the day. Well worth the visit. Must allow whole day. Lots to see.
Drove to Banks car park. Caught AD 122 bus at 10.30. Have to stop the bus as it passes. Arrived at English Street, Carlisle 11.10. Walked to Sands Centre. Passport stamped in the restaurant by till before starting walk back to Banks.
Went to Carlisle Cathedral, Castle and Tullie House Museum in Cumbria. It is a very picturesque city. Much of it is pedestrianised.
Early start to drive to Sands Centre Carlisle to park the car. Caught number 93 bus from stand E at the Bus Station in Carlisle at 9.35 to go to Bowness on Solway. Arrived at Bowness 10.15. Walked to shelter at Bowness to get Passport stamped and start walk back to Carlisle.
Went to Kielder Water and Forest Park. Got sandwiches etc from supermarket in Haltwhistle and had a lovely picnic on the banks of the reservoir. Masses to explore there. Didn’t have time to see it all. We will go back one day.
Had a great time but need to go home now. Definitely the way to walk the wall. Breaking it up with sightseeing in between was really enjoyable. Strand Cottage owners, Mike and Angela, do a special price for people staying more than 5 nights - so worth asking them direct. We were told that it was not available online. We had a lovely comfortable room and excellent breakfasts with a terrific choice to set us up for the day.
Dianna and John.
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