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from Hawes to Glenapp Castle via Hadrians Wall?

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from Hawes to Glenapp Castle via Hadrians Wall?

We have 3 nights near Hawes before heading to Ayrshire and would love to visit Hadrian's Wall enroute. The idea of concentrating on Housesteads and Vindolanda seems a good one with our limited time, but I wondered if there was any other advice for a first time visitor?

We'd like to maximize the experience and travel day if we could.

Thanks.....

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1. Re: from Hawes to Glenapp Castle via Hadrians Wall?

The most direct route to Ayrshire if you are driving is to join the M6 and head north towards Carlisle then join the A75. It will take a good 4 hours so if you want to complete the journey in a day it doesn't leave much time for visiting Hadrian's Wall. A detour along the A69 and back would add about another 2 hours to the journey time. A more direct and scenic route is to leave the M6 at Penrith and take the A686 through Alston to Haydon Bridge then join the B6318 which runs alongside the Wall. This will get you to Housesteads but you are still looking at about a 6 hour journey.

Housesteads and Vindolanda are good choices as an introduction and will explain the history and show you the best preserved parts of the Wall. To do it justice it would be advisable to spend at least half a day in the area. A walk along a section of Wall is interesting if you have time. Will your trip be in the summertime? That would be the best time to go to take advantage of the longer daylight hours and better weather conditions. The forts and museums are normally open between approx 10am and 6pm but are either closed or have limited hours during the winter months. An overnight stay in the area would be more convenient.

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2. Re: from Hawes to Glenapp Castle via Hadrians Wall?

Colin~We'll be travelling in late September so thanks for the reminder about daylight hours and planning around it. I do understand we should spend more time at Hadrian's Wall, but we'd hate to drive by Carlisle and not take a detour

to experience some of it.

The route you mentioned through Alston appeals as we like backroads travel. Would that also pass by Long Meg and her Daughters?

I know it means attempting to fit in one more thing though!

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3. Re: from Hawes to Glenapp Castle via Hadrians Wall?

September should be a good time to visit. Long Meg is a short detour off the A686 at Langwathby so you could include that en route then rejoin the A686 and over Hartside Pass (reaching 1904 feet above sea level) and on to Alston.

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4. Re: from Hawes to Glenapp Castle via Hadrians Wall?

Thanks for the directions..... compiling googlemaps and details for our GPS as I go!

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