The gateway to Hadrian’s Wall

Vallum is situated at Milecastle 18, at the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall, just eight miles west of Newcastle. This is a great spot to start exploring beautiful Hadrian’s Wall country, and you can walk all the way along the route of the wall from here to its end near Carlisle, should the fancy take you. Our site is named for the vallum – the earthern rampart to the south of the wall and the southern boundary of a military zone bounded on the north by the wall itself.

Doggone days

Dogs on leads are welcome at Vallum to enjoy our wildlife walks or relax with you in their own outdoor area overlooking the Play Paddock, so the kids can play outside safely while you watch over them and relax with the dog and coffee and cake from the Tea Room & Ice Cream Parlour. Then, you might enjoy taking the dog on a wildlife walk down to our Little Lake where in summer you can watch the bees and butterflies do their thing.

Play in the Paddock

Vallum is home to a big south-facing outdoor play paddock and deck, perfect for a family afternoon out. Food bought at our well-stocked Patisserie & Delicatessen or ordered from our lovely Tea Room & Ice Cream Parlour can be consumed either on the deck or on the tables in the paddock, and grown-ups can either kick a ball around with the children or relax within clear sight of their youngsters on the play equipment. If you want to bring your dog, there is a paddock area with tables where you can sit with the dog overlooking the play paddock.

Let’s go on a bee and butterfly hunt

Vallum is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and our wildlife walks and the land surrounding the Little Lake is rich with bees during the summer. Our resident bee expert, Ann Rutherford, leads occasional bee-spotting groups around the grounds, and you are free to wander at your leisure and spot the many different species around.
We leave conservation strips around the edge of our fields to encourage wildlife. The Small Tortoiseshell butterfly has decreased by 77% since the 1970s, but in the season we have lots of these caterpillars on nettles at Vallum, plus Peacock butterfly caterpillars and also Painted Ladies on the thistles.