Lanercost and the surrounding area is covered by a fantastic network of footpaths including the famous Hadrian’s Wall Path. A quick look at an Ordnance Survey map reveals just how many walking routes you can enjoy.
Here is a family friendly walking route suggestion to get you started. Made up of two loops the walk can easily be shorterned from 6.5km to 3.5km.
Lanercost and Banks Figure of 8 via the Hadrian's Wall Path
DISTANCE: one loop (3.5km); two loops (6.5km)
PARKING: Lanercost Bridge (///jingles.football.chosen)
TEAROOM: Lanercost Priory Tearoom is just across the road from the parking area.
Turn left out of the carpark and follow the road past The Priory. At the sharp righthand bend in the road carry straight on along the track. Follow this track round to the left signposted ‘Walton Wood’. The route skirts around Abbey Gill Wood and meets the Hadrian’s Wall Path. Take the Hadrian’s Wall Path on the right and follow the ‘acorn’ signs of the Wall Path across the fields.
For the shorter route – follow the Hadrian’s Wall Path for about 0.5km before taking the track on the right at Haytongate. This track takes you back down to Lanercost to the bend in the road near The Priory and the start of your walk.
For the longer route – stay on the Hadrian’s Wall Path for around 1.7km until you reach the road at Banks. Turn left along the road for a short while. After around half a km there is a track on the left. Follow this track, which turns into a path, looping round Craggies Hill before meeting the Hadrian’s Wall Path again after about 1.4km.
Turn left onto Hadrian’s Wall path befiore almost immediately taking the track on the right at Haytongate. Follow this track down the hill to Lanercost and The Priory.
Follow the road past The Priory to return to the start of your walk at Lannercost Bridge