As you leave the magnificent escarpment of the Whin Sill this is another section across open countryside with the Wall occasionally visible.
6 and a half miles west of Steel Rigg is the Roman Army Museum which is based at the site of Carvoran Roman Fort. The museum stands next to Walltown Crags, one of the highest standing sections of Hadrian’s Wall and here you can experience life on the front line of Emperor Hadrian’s northern frontier. There are reconstructions, objects excavated along Hadrian’s Wall and the Vindolanda Trust’s interpretations of army life including the exclusive 3D Edge of Empire film.
The Pennine Way long distance path joins the Hadrian’s Wall Path near the village of Greenhead before heading east.
A further 5 miles west brings you to the Roman fort at Birdoswald where you’ll pass over the border from Northumberland to Cumbria. It is one of the best preserved of the 16 forts along Hadrian’s Wall and is situated in a commanding position on a triangular spur of land bounded by cliffs to the south and east overlooking a broad meander of the River Irthing. In Roman times, the fort was known as Banna (Latin for “spur” or “tongue”), reflecting the geography of the site.