Sycamore Gap

What an awesome scene this is.

Sure, it’s a tree standing beside a wall in the English countryside. However, it’s also a little bit of history, and a little bit of Hollywood.

To start with, the tree was used in the film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, where Kevin Costner and co managed to find themselves a few hundred miles north of Nottingham during a particular chase scene.

Then we have the wall, which is Hadrian’s Wall built in Roman Britain around 1800 years ago and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Large segments of the wall remain today and make up a great walking trail, which is obviously something I embarked on during my Northumberland trip – though I admit it was only to get to this picturesque scene.

It may not be as spectacular as the Great Wall of China, but it is an awesome thing and much closer to home. I’m glad to have finally visited it.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 8s