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Brampton, the main market town and base for exploring Hadrian's Wall, is surrounded by the gently rolling countryside of the Irthing Valley and Geltsdale, leading up to the rugged beauty of the North Pennines AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). A rich mosaic of woods, fields and moorlands crossed by numerous footpaths, bridleways and quiet roads makes for perfect walking and cycling country.


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Brampton Town Centre
Hadrian's Wall
The original settlement of Brampton is thought to have been near the old church, but was cleared with the creation of a deer park. A new town was established a short distance away and granted a market charter in 1250. In the centre lies the Moot Hall where matters relating to the barony of Gilsland were discussed. Today’s octagonal building of 1817 replaced an earlier square structure. At the base are the iron stocks and a bull-tethering ring – a reminder of the days when bulls were baited prior to slaughter.

Brampton, along with other areas within the disputed border, was frequently targeted by reivers – organised family gangs on both sides of the Border who would steal, burn, kill and use extortion as a means of survival. During this period many fortified pele towers (Newby East, Askerton Castle) were built and Wardens of the Marches were appointed to keep the peace. In the ‘Western March’, this responsibility lay with the Lords Dacre of Naworth Castle who held the title for almost 300 years until the union of the English and Scottish crowns in 1603 spelled the end of reiving as a way of life.

During the Jacobite rebellion of 1745, Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) laid claim to the English throne and amassed an army of Jacobites to march on London. During his siege of Carlisle, Charles ‘rested’ in Brampton. Following his victory in Carlisle he moved south, but encountered the Duke of Cumberland’s army advancing north, and the Jacobites were forced to retreat. Carlisle was quickly re-taken and many Jacobites were taken prisoner and sent to the gallows. In Brampton six of the rebels were hung from the ‘capon’ tree on Capon Tree Road. The tree is no longer there, but a monument marks the spot and records their names.

To the north is Hadrian’s Wall, a 75-mile (120 km) long fortification extending from the Solway Firth to Wallsend-on-Tyne that signified the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. Its strategically placed forts, fascinating milecastles, turrets and signal stations can be easily accessed by the Hadrian’s Wall bus (AD 122), which links to Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail and Hadrian’s Cycleway.


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