sycamore gap

Parking Steel Rigg car park (Paid)
Pram accessible No

Parking

We parked at Steel Rigg Car Park (NE47 7AN). It is paid and does get busy.

Our Visit:

We followed the Steel Rigg and Crag Lough route which is approximately 4 miles long. The first part of the walk was super fun for the kids as it involved a lot of steep climbing up and down the crags, perfectly doable but do take care with kids. It’s not long before you reach Milecastle 39 and then soon after you will see Sycamore Gap, sitting alone in the landscape.

For those of you that didn’t know, this sycamore tree has become quite iconic. Having featured in the 1991 Robin Hood Prince of Thieves movie, it is often simply referred to as the Robin Hood Tree. It was also declared tree of the year in 2016 by the Woodland Trust. It sits alone in the gap, however extensive research has shown that this wouldn’t always have been the case and there would have actually been numerous trees here at some point.

The walk then passes through woodland and a farm before you find yourself on the other side of Sycamore Gap, giving you a fascinating different perspective of the famous tree, before looping back to the car park.

What the kids loved:

  • Climbing the steep crags

The Route: