Walk 17: Epiacum (Special Interest Walk) Thursday 27th April 2023
This walk was one of the most popular walks of last year’s Festival. We have listened to our visitors’ requests to include it again in this year’s schedule. Read on to discover how this one will be a little different.
The Nook farm has a very special feature on its land - Epiacum. This was an important Roman Fort, situated on the Maiden Way Roman Road. We have the opportunity to explore and discover more about this fascinating and unique site, which is now a protected Scheduled Ancient Monument, with the help of our very own Roman and Briton! They will escort us from the car park and tell us what life would have been like for the people who lived here. The views from the fort are impressive and you can see why the site was chosen. After saying ‘Valete’ to our new friends, we work our way downhill to Kirkhaugh Station on the preserved Haltwhistle to Alston railway line and the beautiful River South Tyne. Following a short climb to Low Row, we pass over farmland and through woods to reach Randalhom Bridge. On our way back to Kirkhaugh, we pause at the Bavarian-style church designed by the Rev Octavius James. We then follow the South Tyne Trail and take a new permissive path to return to The Nook.
For those wishing to do so, there should be the opportunity to purchase refreshments from the café before leaving.
Distance: Approx 6 miles Grade: 2, Moderate Ascent/Descent: Approx 770 ft
Meet: 10:00 at The Nook (Post code: CA9 3PG)
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Fee: £15 Places: 25
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