Driving Hadrian’s Wall: the Minor Car Parks XIII (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.


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.