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1 This is one of the most scenic of the walks along Hadrian’s Wall with a large out­crop of whin­sill mak­ing the Wall look amaz­ing.

2 There is a steep set of steps to climb be­fore ris­ing onto the out­crop of whin­sill. Check for Wheatears and pip­its around the track.

3 The views from the top are won­der­ful. Look out for rap­tors and corvids hang­ing on the up­draft from the cliff. Sy­camore Gap gives you the most pho­tographed Sy­camore in the world, thanks to the

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4 Check Crag Lough for breed­ing and win­ter­ing wild­fowl. Lis­ten for drum­ming Snipe in sum­mer as well as the ‘pig squeal’ of Water Rail.

5 Make your way around the farm at Hot­bank and fol­low the path back par­al­lel with the whin­sill. Look out for waders and a dart­ing Mer­lin.

6 Win­ter sees many Field­fare us­ing the fields here and don’t be sur­prised by a hunt­ing Hen Harrier or Goshawk.

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