A great opportunity to patrol the northern frontier of the Roman Empire on an E-Mountain Bike with a National Park Ranger, who will take you along the most iconic section of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site and into ‘bandit country’ north of the Wall, where many visitors fear to tread!
As you traverse this ancient landscape, along quiet country lanes and byways, you will learn about the area’s turbulent medieval past, and how in more peaceful times, sheep farming and forestry continue to shape the land today. The ride includes awe-inspiring views across to the Scottish Borders.
Guests arrive at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre at least 15 minutes before the Tour, which starts at 11.00 AM, where they will be greeted by the National Park Ranger (tour leader). Each rider will receive instruction on how to ride their Ebike safely, which will be adjusted to their specific requirements. A cycle helmet will be provided (please bring warm and waterproof clothing as required). Each rider will be given a small daysack containing a water bottle and a ‘roman-inspired’ lunch to take with them for the picnic half-way round the route.
The group will then set off along quiet country lanes and byways across open farmland to discover the fascinating history of the Roman occupation of this area and the building of one of Britain’s finest ancient monuments.
As they traverse this ancient landscape, they will hear from the Ranger about the area’s turbulent past in medieval times, which only receded in the 18thCentury with the Union of Scotland and England, and how in more peaceful times, sheep farming and forestry continue to shape the land today.
The Ranger will also be able to provide a unique and personal insight into their work, with farmers and others in the management and care of the landscape around them.
After a picnic lunch at Cawfields, near Milecastle 42, riders will experience wild open vistas and free-wheeling descents into ‘bandit country’ north of the Wall, with views across to the Scottish Border and the west. Their last stop will be at Steel Rigg, which offers one of the finest views of Hadrian’s Wall, before a short descent to The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre at around 2.00 PM.