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Explore Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's wall is only 700m away, is easily reached from Roman Heights and is not much more than 10 minutes by foot. This section of wall between Steel Rigg and Cawfields and is located on top of the iconic rocky crags often seen in pictures. Public footpaths run along the wall allowing visitors to explore the area.

Being located in the heart of Hadrian's Wall country the main tourist attractions are only a short drive away or can be reached by foot if you don’t mind a walk.

The Sill is less than 2 miles away.

Vindolanda is about 2½ miles away and is a museum located on a Roman Fort dating back 2000 years. The ground has been excavated revealing the remains of the fort that tourists can walk around. The museum building exhibits many of the finds from excavating the fort and is well worth visiting.

Sycamore Gap is about a 2½ mile walk, accessible by footpath along Hadrian's Wall, it is well known for being used as a film loction in Robin Hood.

Housesteads is a little further from Sycamore Gap and is an excavated Roman fort complete with museum. Further East along Hadrian's Wall is Chesters Roman Fort and Museum. Chesters is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain.

To the West of us is the Roman Army Museum which is about a ten minute drive away. A bit further West is Birdoswald Roman Fort.

There are various other attraction and large sections of Hadrian's Wall to explore.

Activities Close to Roman Heights

The National Cycle Route 68 runs past our gate and heads into the forest near us so bring your bike.

There is fishing available at the nearby River Tyne the closest point about being 4 miles away, permits are available from Haltwhistle our nearest town.

We can arrange horse riding with a local stable suitable for all ages.

There is a golf course just outside Haltwhistle.

Slaley Hall golf course is a world class golf course that also offers other activities, it is about 35 minutes from Roman Heights. A company based there offers quad biking, Archery, Paint Balling, Clay pigeon shooting and off road driving in Land Rovers amongst other activities for all ages. They can be found at https//alloutadventures.co.uk

Carlisle airport is about 25 minutes away and operates a couple of flying schools where you can fly over the local sights and even take the controls yourself.

The nearest cinema is in Hexham an excellent market town worth looking around. There is a multiscreen cinema at the Metro Centre near Newcastle with all the latest films.

There is a outdoor heated swimming pool at Haltwhistle just down the road from Roman Heights and we can arrange private swimming pool hire near to us.

There is Crackers soft play area for kids in Haltwhistle.

Visit Kielder

Wark Forest is just over a mile from us and can be seen from Roman Heights. It is part of Kielder Forest and can be explored on bike or foot from us.

The Official Bike Route 68 goes past our gate and goes into the Forest.

Kielder Water is only 11 miles away as the crow flies and takes about an hour to reach by car bypassing the forest by road.

Kielder Water is the biggest man made lake in Northern Europe and offers many activities for all ages. You can go for walks along official routes, hire canoes and mountain bikes. There is a visitor centre and various places to eat. There is also an observatory for star gazing with many scheduled events. You could visit the Kielder Bird of Prey Centre and in the spring there are visitng Ospreys and their new chicks to observe.

Kielder is well worth a visit and is best to allow a full day there. More information can be found at www.visitkielder.com

Visit Beamish Museum

Beamish museum is an award winning museum and one of the best in the country and well worth a visit.

It is located just South West of Newcastle and takes just over an hour to reach.

It is a recreation of life in the North East during the 1800’s and early 1900’s. A complete pit village has been created by dismantling original buildings from around the North East and rebuilding them brick by brick exactly as they used to be.

You can go down a genuine mine shaft, travel on an old steam train and visit original shops and farm buildings.

Beamish are planning on building a replica town from the 1950’s using original buildings.

It is recommended to allow a full day to see everything. There is plenty for all ages to see and do.

More information can be found on www.beamish.org.uk/

Visit Newcastle and Gateshead

Newcastle and Gateshead is only 45 minutes away and is worth a visit to sample the night life or to visit one of the biggest shopping centres in Europe, the Metro Centre.

There are plenty of bars and restaurants to eat in the city centre and along the quay side.

Newcastle is recognised as one of the best cities in the UK and on being the friendliest and safest. For culture there is plenty to see and do including the Sage and the Baltic.

A visit to the Theatre Royal is recommended as it is one of the best theatres in the country and offers many shows.

Explore Other Parts of Northumberland

Northumberland has lots of countryside to explore and has more castles than any other county.

Alnwick Castle and Gardens (about 1½ hours travel) has been used for many films including Harry Potter. Other castles worth visiting include Bamburgh and Warkworth.

The Northumberland coast is unspoilt with Holy Island and the Farne Islands worth visiting.

More information can be found at https://www.visitnorthumberland.com/coast/beaches

Visit the Lake District

Our location makes it easy to explore other places in the North as it only takes just over an hour to reach Ullswater where you can start your visit to the Lake District.

You can participate in many activities such as cycling and boating.

Visit Scotland

The Scottish borders are close to us with Gretna Green being about 45 minutes away and Dumfries an hour.

If you have visited Kielder it would not take much longer to reach towns such as Jedburgh.

It is possible to be in Glasgow and Edinburgh in less than 2 hours if you want to explore further afield.