Cawfields Quarry
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General Description
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Strictly speaking this site falls outside Cumbria's County boundary. She is in fact within the Northumberland County Boundary.

Cawfields is one of several places of Historical Interest along the B6318 military road, lying between Carlisle and Newcastle. Just 3 miles away from Greenhead village.

For those with other Interests
Walking the Roman Wall (photo b) is one of the must do things if you are into walking. Lots of wildlife around this area too. The quarry is home to Perch but also amphibians. (photo a)

Places to Stay
A guest house and Hotel can be found on the road B6318 junction which takes you to Cawfields quarry, called the Milecastle Inn. (Cawfileds being a what the Romans termed a mile castle).

Try "Stay.co.uk" or alternatively check some of these links > Hotels and Guest Houses Youth Hostels for Families etc.

How to get here
Travelling along the A69 from either Carlisle/Brampton or Newcastle/Hexham you will be looking for the Green head sign. Coming off here, you are on the B6318 military road. Within a few hundred yards / metres watch for the turn off that takes you east (following the Roman Army Museum sign) (following the Birdoswald fort sign is the wrong direction west). Cawfields Roman Site will come up after passing the Roman Army Museum turn-off. If you are unsure just look for the Mile castle Inn on the right and the road branching off opposite to this is the one that takes you to Cawfields.

Detailed Information for Divers

Viewing Freshwater Life
Masses of Perch in this quarry together with amphibians.

Main Attraction
Diving along the rock face and saying hello to the local perch.

Dive Planning Help
Permission: basically at your own risk although a sign warns of no swimmming.
Map of Cawfield quarry clcik to dive Cawfields Quarry
Clickable map! >
Property of the Northumberland National Park
Please contact the Northumberland National Park Authority.
Ramblers, walkers and Historians will have a wonderful day!
Who's the nearest for Dive Air?
British Sub-Aqua Clubs:
Kendal + Lakes: branch is based at Kendal Leisure Centre.
Furness Sub Aqua: branch is based at Barrow in Furness.
Scottish Sub-Aqua Clubs:
Penrith Divers: Penrith based. Air compressor at Penrith.
Solway Sub-Aqua Club: Wigton based. Air compressor at Wigton.
Red Fox Carlisle based. Air compressor location. unknown
Carlisle Sub Aqua Carlisle based. Air compressor at Carlisle.
Altitude, Visibility, Temperature, Torches
Altitude and Depth:
Sea level dive.
During summer
Visibility: 2 FEET.
Temperature range is 15 to 16 degrees celcius.
During winter
Visibility: 2 FEET.
Temperature range is 3 - 6 degrees above zero.
Torches: are required. Very dark.
Thermoclines: None.
If new to freshwater diving: definately not for novice divers due to severe bad viz.
Communication intel
phone icon Mobile phones do in the dive area. Do test your mobile for signal strength, you may be lucky with your service provider.
phone icon Public phones: A public phone is located at Milecastle Inn offering tasty bar meals.
More useful Information for buddies
For the latest on the weather: "Scuba Weather Report"
For more air details see "Dive Clubs & Air".
Note: The above page's will remain open while you click to gather info.

Nearest toilet: on site next to car park.
For Angling contact relevant agency - see links page for non divers.
No powered boats (RIBs etc) allowed on quarry.
Warden is: ???. Tel: (??) ??

Address:- National Park Officer
Northumberland National Park,
Eastburn, South Park, Hexham, NE46 1BS.
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