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183 - Hadrians Wall, part 3 - Newburn to Portgate

  • Distance: 13.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Your Guide:
  • Maximum number of places per day: 14
  • Price Per Person: £14.00

walk notes

After meeting at Port Gate there will be a short transfer to the start of the walk at Newburn.

This lovely section leaves the urban landscape behind you as you climb up away from the Tyne to Heddon on the Wall.



We will then follow the ‘Military Way’ which until 1971 was the main road before the A69 was built. We initially gently rise up over Harlow Hill before passing through some superb landscape before reaching Port Gate.


The Portgate was a fortified gateway, constructed as part of Hadrian’s Wall (Dere Street preceded Hadrian's Wall by around 50 years). It was built to control traffic along Dere Street as it passed through Hadrian's Wall. Its remains exist beneath the Military road the south-west of the Stagshaw Roundabout (the B6318 was diverted slightly for the construction of the Stagshaw Roundabout, leaving two short sections of the existing road unlinked - the remains of the Portgate are buried beneath the western section).