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).