The Eastern Section of Hadrian’s Wall begins its journey westwards at the Roman Fort of Segedunum in what is now appropriately known as Wallsend close to where the River Tyne meets the North Sea. The course of the Wall takes it through the vibrant and beautiful city of Newcastle Upon Tyne before reaching the eastern boundary of Northumberland where there is a short section of Hadrian’s Wall at Heddon On The Wall. From here the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail follows the course of the Wall along the Military Road which was built after the Jacobite rebellion to enable the fast movement of troops from east to west. The main presence of the Roman Wall along this stretch are remains of the North Ditch and the Vallum.
The Military Road climbs gradually to the Stagshaw roundabout through beautiful open agricultural land with panoramic views across Tynedale to the distant North Pennines. Stagshaw was in distant times the site of the Portgate, a fortified control point on Hadrian’s Wall where it crossed the major Roman Road of Dere Street. Further west past Milecastle 24 is the old church of St Oswald and the nearby site of Heavenfield, the location of a pivotal Christians versus Pagans battle in AD634. The north wall of the church offers you seats to rest weary feet and enjoy a splendid panorama of mid Northumberland.
From here the Trail begins to drop towards the River North Tyne. Soon a short section of Hadrian’s Wall is found at Plane Trees with extensive scenic views across North Tynedale. This Eastern Section of Hadrian’s Wall concludes at Brunton Turret which is set back under trees in a field usually occupied by sheep.