The Corbridge Roman Trail
This section of Hadrian's Wall leaves the countryside and heads into Newcastle upon Tyne. The mix of remains in a rural and urban setting makes the eastern section of Hadrian's Wall a fascinating heritage trail. Starting from Corbridge Roman Town, where you'll find one of the most significant Roman finds in history and a Roman high street, travel east towards the aptly named, Heddon-on-the-Wall before exploring the Newcastle suburbs Denton and Benwell.
Imagine the Life of a Roman Soldier
Not all of the sites on Hadrian's Wall were heavily guarded fortresses. Corbridge was a supply base and a bustling town where the Romans and civilians would pick up food and provisions.
Walk through the town's streets and experience a true time-capsule of Roman life, a valuable hoard of objects found during excavations, including Roman armour, which provide a fascinating insight into the life of a soldier.
Eleven miles east of Corbridge Roman Town lies Heddon-on-the-Wall, a village in Northumberland located on the line of Hadrian's Wall. Here you can find a consolidated stretch of Hadrian's Wall which is up to two metres thick in sections. In fact Heddon-on-the-Wall's section is the longest unbroken wall at its original and planned width. A Roman milecastle was once located at the site of the present day village.
Denton Hall Turret
In just over five miles from Heddon-on-the-Wall, you'll find Denton Hall Turret. The 65 metres of Wall and foundation of a turret remain here on the edge of the A69, the main road leading you into Hadrian's Wall Country.
The turret is also known as Turret 7b. It is almost square, measuring 13 feet by 14 feet. Excavation revealed a platform inside the turret set into the wall to a depth of 5 feet.
Benwell Roman Temple
In just over a mile you can visit the stunning remains of a small temple to the native god 'Antenociticus', in the 'vicus' (civilian settlement) which stood outside Benwell Fort. This free historic site is particularly surprising in the midst of a city centre residential location.
Next to the temple you will find a stone-built causeway, where the road from the south crossed the Vallum earthwork on its way to Benwell Fort.