Stones Journeys: Northumberland Roman Sites

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This journey takes in two of the most famous Roman Forts in Northumberland along Hadrian's Wall.

Sites to be Visited

Vindolanda Roman Fort
Housesteads Roman Fort
Hadrian's Wall

Journey to the Northumberland Roman Sites

The two Roman forts featured in this journey may be visited in one day as the entire journey is only 27 miles (43.5 km) long if driven by car. However, it is suggested that the route from Vindolanda to Housesteads be done on foot as it passes along some of the more picturesque parts of Hadrian's Wall. The walking distance between the two is only 2.2 miles (3.5km). If that is not logistically possible, it is suggested that you walk away from the forts for a while to get the feel of the this magnificent structure.

Our journey starts in Hexham, a market town in the southwest of Northumberland on the south bank of the River Tyne located at NGR NY9363264047.

Our first site is Vindolanda Roman Fort, a Roman auxiliary fort originally built in 122 A.D. and located at Chesterholm, just south of Hadrian's Wall near the border with Scotland and guarding the Roman road that ran across England from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth. It is 15.9 miles (25.6km) away and located at NGR NY7701266338. Also, the excellent Roman Army Museum is at Vindolanda. Detailed Driving Directions Map.

Our journey's next destination is Housesteads Roman Fort, is 2.2 miles (3,5km) away. It was built around 124 A.D. soon after the construction of the Wall began and is located at NGR NY7883568774.Detailed Driving Directions Map.

After visiting both forts and the excellent Roman Army Museum at Vindolanda, return to Hexham, 13.5 miles (21.8km) away. Detailed Driving Directions Map

Visitors Information

Visitors information on Hadrian's Wall may be found at the English Heritage website. General tourist information may be found at the Northumberland Tourism website.


As of the date of this posting, road directions and conditions are correct. Please check local road conditions, however, for possible changes prior to venturing forth on this journey. A helpful resource for road changes and possible trip interruptions if you are travelling in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland is the AA-UK Route Planner. Another map source that this website uses and that may be useful to you on your journeys is Streetmap UK.

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