Driving Hadrian’s Wall: the Main Car Parks VII (Chesters)

Chesters (EH)

Coordinates: N55.028771, W2.138364 Facilities: none

Chesters is well-signposted on the B6318 Military Road travelling from both the east and west. The English Heritage car park immediately east of Chesters fort is primarily designed for visitors to that monument. That much is clear from the fact that you can get the cost of your parking (£3 in 2015 according to the EH website) reimbursed when you visit the fort. However, you can also use it as the starting point for for a short walk to explore the bridge abutment over the river (although there is another, closer, alternative).


As ever, be aware that there are car thieves operating, as there are at all of the car parks along the Wall. To get to the bridge abutment, leave the car park and walk back to the main road. Cross over (taking care of course) and, turning right, follow the pavement to the roundabout at Chollerford. Go across the bridge over the North Tyne and then turn right into the small pedestrian gate immediately east of the bridge. Go down the steps and then follow the footpath to the pair of kissing gates, and then down to the riverside where the bridge abutment is situated. Stout footwear is not necessary but is advisable.

Chesters car parkZone 1 (100m)

Chesters fort

Zone 4 (2km)

Chesters Bridge Abutment