- Location: Grid Reference NY 714 666 (OS Outdoor Leisure 43)
- Ownership: Northumberland National Park Authority
Cawfields is a former quarry cutting dramatically through the Wall and the underlying Whin Sill dolerite bedrock. It comprises a large pond and car park with good walking access to Milecastle 42.
Drivers are signposted from the B6318 opposite the Milecastle Inn. Both the Hadrianís Path National Trail and the Pennine Way National Trail pass through the site itself. There is a bus stop for the Hadrianís Wall Bus (AD122) outside the Milecastle Inn (daily service between Easter and October).
- Toilets (including disabled)
- Public Water Tap
- Cycle Stands (2 lockable, 2 Open stands)
- Car Parking Max: 40 bays including 3 bays for disabled badge holders (£1.00 per car per day)
- Coach Parking Max: 3 Coaches (£5.00 per coach per day)
- Picnic Tables
- Dogs, under close supervision
- Post Box (Opposite the Milecastle Inn)
Car Park concessions for Charity-led Walks only
- Coach Parking Charges would be halved
- Up to 10 vehicles(minibuses and cars) would not be charged at all
- Over 10 vehicles (minibuses and cars) would be charged half price
- Ranger time - free
Access & Land Management Issues
The majority of the land is owned by The National Trust and is farmed under a tenancy agreement. Care is needed to avoid stock disturbance during lambing and calving time in the spring and autumn. The route passes up a number of slopes between Caw-Gap and Steel Rigg, with the area around the Bogle Hole being the most sensitive because of the steep gradient and the prevalence of unconsolidated archaeology. At Cawfields no fires or overnight accommodation is allowed. Event planners are requested to be familiar with new Open Access legislation that applies to land either side of the route (see http://www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk). National Trust byelaws apply on their estate, particularly for dog owners. Note: National Park Rangers will monitor all Event activities to assess their impact on the surrounding environment.
Wet Weather Alternative Route
There is an alternative route between Cawfields and Caw-Gap. The Roman Military Way which also has Public Footpath status can be used (see Map). A quiet minor road north of the Wall from Caw Gap to Steel Rigg could be also be considered.
Paget Lazzari, Senior Ranger
+44 (0) 1434 344430
Mobile: 07795 834951