Sycamore Gap

Sycamore Gap Northumberland.

The Sycamore tree is included within the six miles of Hadrian's Wall that the National Trust cares for, with the help from members, donations and visitors.
It's nestled perfectly in the ‘nick’ and does look very cool. However, what makes it really special is that its appearance is all down to geology happening over thousands of years.
The familiar gaps - as well as Rapishaw Gap and Milking Gap - along Hadrian’s Wall in the Whin Sill are essentially channels, naturally chipped away by vast amounts of meltwater flowing beneath the ice sheets that once covered the area.
This section of Hadrian’s Wall is quite telling as it informs us about the Romans and how intuitive they were when they constructed it many moons ago, staggering and layering the brickwork along the landscape. The Wall surrounding the gap shows it was repaired with lime mortar and the construction deposits sealed pottery datable to the late 2nd-century.  
Though impressive as Hadrian’s Wall was, the Romans weren’t the only people to leave a mark on this landscape, evidence of a Bronze Age boundary wall lie a few hundred feet South of Sycamore Gap suggesting the area has been important throughout history and used long before the Romans ruled.

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