Driving Hadrian’s Wall: the Minor Car Parks XV (Denton Burn)

Denton Burn

Location: 54.982858, -1.686838 Facilities: LIBRARY, SHOPS

There is a small car park attached to Denton Burn library, accessible from the westbound carriageway of the A186 (West Road).

Advice

As ever, be aware that there are car thieves operating, as there are at all of the car parks along the Wall. Stout footwear is almost certainly unnecessary.

Denton Burn minor car park planZone 1 (100m)

Immediately next to the car park is a short length of curtain wall (1). Continuing eastwards towards the roundabout reveals the smallest of all the consolidated lengths of curtain wall (2) belonging to Hadrian’s Wall (on the forecourt of the petrol station).

Zone 2 (500m)

Heading west and using the pedestrian crossing to negotiate Broadwood Road ultimately leads to the length of curtain wall and turret (3) at Denton Hall.

 

Driving Hadrian’s Wall: the Minor Car Parks XIV (West Denton)

West Denton

Location: 54.984249, -1.697023 Facilities: none

As at Heddon-on-the-Wall, there is no actual formal car park of any size at West Denton. There is, however, a large sprawling estate where street parking is available for the couple of things you can see here.

Advice

As ever, be aware that there are car thieves operating, as there are at all of the car parks along the Wall. Stout footwear is almost certainly unnecessary.

West Denton parkingZone 1 (100m)

Much depends where you park as to how the monuments are zoned, so we’ll just assume you are within easy reach of your two main targets. Between the westbound carriageway of the A69, on the western side of the huge junction with the A1 western bypass, and the the road called The Ramparts (see what they did there?) there is a short length of curtain wall (1) visible on the verge. To the south of this, within the housing estate, running parallel with Wallington Drive, there is a large, open green area which is in fact a section of the Vallum (2); smoothed out by time (and agriculture), it is nevertheless instantly recognisable.

Driving Hadrian’s Wall: the Minor Car Parks XII (Rudchester)

Rudchester layby (NCC)

Location: 55.002342, -1.825248 Facilities: none

This small (unsurfaced) layby is situated on the south side of the B6318 Military Road immediately next to Rudchester fort and has room for about three cars.

Advice

As ever, be aware that there are car thieves operating, as there are at all of the car parks along the Wall. Stout footwear is advisable.

Rudchester minor car park mapZone 1 (100m)

Strictly speaking, you do not need to walk anywhere to see the humps and bumps of Rudchester fort – you are parked on it and can just look over the fence. Walking south down the side road (carefully as it is used as a rat-run) gives access to the Trail stile leading to the fort site itself. There is an information board next to the south-west corner of the fort.

Driving Hadrian’s Wall: the Minor Car Parks XI (East Wall Houses)

East Wall Houses layby (NCC)

Location: 55.010507, -1.933511 Facilities: none

This small (unsurfaced) layby is situated on the eastern side of the junction of the B6318 Military Road and a minor road leading to East Matfen. This one is mainly for fans of the ditch.

Advice

As ever, be aware that there are car thieves operating, as there are at all of the car parks along the Wall. Stout footwear is advisable.

East Wall Houses minor car park mapZone 1 (100m)

To the south, beyond the Military Road, the line of the Vallum can be made out, surviving as an upstanding (if slighted) earthwork. To the east, the Trail follows the substantial remains of the ditch (1), as indeed it does to the west (2).

Zone 2 (500m)

More ditch can be followed to the west (3), as well as to the east, with the opportunity to walk in it immediately to the west of the Robin Hood Inn (4).

Driving Hadrian’s Wall: the Minor Car Parks X (Carr Hill)

Carr Hill layby (NCC)

Location: 55.012836, -1.983096 Facilities: none

This large (unsurfaced) layby (with room for more than 10 cars) is situated opposite Carr Hill Farm and is often used by cars, lorries, and coaches.

Advice

As ever, be aware that there are car thieves operating, as there are at all of the car parks along the Wall. Stout footwear is advisable.

Carr Hill minor car park mapZone 1 (100m)

The line of the Wall ditch can just be made out over the hedge from the layby (1).

Zone 2 (500m)

The upstanding earthworks of the Vallum between Carr Hill and Down Hill (2) are clearly visible.

Zone 3 (1km)

One of the finest sections of the Vallum is immediately next to the Trail on the limestone outcrop of Down Hill (3).

Zone 4 (2km)

The determined can press on to inspect the humps and bumps that are all there is to be seen of Haltonchesters fort (4).

Driving Hadrian’s Wall: the Minor Car Parks IX (Heavenfield)

Heavenfield layby (NCC)

Location: 55.019109, -2.100576 Facilities: a large wooden cross

This small layby (with room for a maximum of about 4 cars) is presumably principally intended for visitors to Heavenfield Chapel, but it has other uses too.

Advice

As ever, be aware that there are car thieves operating, as there are at all of the car parks along the Wall. Stout footwear is advisable.

Heavenfield car park planZone 2 (500m)

Walking northwards leads to Heavenfield Chapel and its Roman altar (1).

Heading eastwards along the Trail reveals a spectacular length of ditch (2) and a view of the Vallum (in the field opposite St Oswald’s Tearoom).

Zone 3 (1km)

Heading westwards along the trail, down the hill, and across the Military Road, brings the visitor to the important section of curtain wall at Planetrees (3).

Zone 4 (2km)

Continuing eastwards on the Trail produces more of this long section of ditch and upcast mound (4).

Driving Hadrian’s Wall: the Minor Car Parks XIII (Heddon-on-the-Wall)

Heddon-on-the-Wall

Location: 54.996296, -1.789231 Facilities: none

There is no official (or even unofficial) car park for visitors to the length of curtain wall at Heddon cared for by English Heritage, which is both a shame and a puzzling oversight. There is a layby plastered with the words COACHES ONLY (oops!), which is not very helpful unless you happen to have a coach handy. The only alternative is to park on the street and try not to annoy the locals in doing so. I tend to park in Marius Avenue whenever I go.

Advice

As ever, be aware that there are car thieves operating, as there are at all of the car parks along the Wall. Stout footwear is scarcely necessary.

Heddon-on-the-Wall mapZone 1 (100m)

If you park in Marius Avenue, you can peek over the hedge at the slight, but nevertheless detectable, remains of the Vallum (1).

Zone 2 (500m)

Assuming you park somewhere in the village, you can now amble along and look at the splendid section of curtain wall (2), preserved from destruction by dint of the very existence of Heddon, the Military Road being forced to detour round it.