Cawfields Quarry illustrates the long history of mineral extraction, stone pilfering and military ‘vandalism’ along Hadrian’s Wall — usually with scant regard for the unique archaeology of the area. The early 20th century quarry cuts straight through the Wall, exposing the underlying dolerite bedrock of the Whin Sill.
More recently, the icy-fresh water of the quarry has been used for diving courses when it gets cold enough — and strictly by permission.
Today, with its peaceful lake and dramatic, man-made landscape, Cawfields is a great place to start a walk along Hadrian’s Wall, whether east to Caw Gap and Steel Rigg, or west to Walltown and the Roman Army Museum.
There are toilets but no café at Cawfields Quarry, so get something to eat at the nearby Milecastle Inn — or let us pack you a picnic. At Go Hadrian’s Wall we have a range of vehicles, and provide flexible travel for any number of people, up to and including groups of 20 or more.
Go Hadrian’s Wall — dive into history