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shepherd's calendar

December 2019

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185 - Hadrians Wall, part 4 Port Gate to Brocolitia

  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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  • Maximum number of places per day: 14
  • Price Per Person: £14.00

walk notes

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

The first section of this days walk treats you to some lovely views of the Simonside Hills away to the North before you drop down to Chollerford, passing the lovely church at Heavenfield on your way.

After crossing the River North Tyne at Chollerford we gradually rise up, passing Chesters Roman Fort and then following some ‘true wall’. This is how everybody imagines wall walking to be with the wall on one side and stunning views.

We will then reach the location of Brocoltia Temple, a third-century mithraeum outside the Carrowburgh Fort. It was the largest of such buildings to occupy the site. Worship of Mithras (a cult orginating in Persia) and the Sun God was popular with the Romans.

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