If you’re of a certain age (hello) or any kind of film fan, then you’ll doubtless recognise the photos in this post. Known as Sycamore Gap – or Robin Hood Gap which probably gives the game away – this part of Hadrians Wall is famous for featuring in the epic 90s classic “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”.
If you haven’t seen it (where have you been?) this adaptation of the timeless tale is known for Kevin Costner’s not-at-all British accent, Alan Rickman’s hilariously over-the-top Sheriff of Nottingham, and Bryan Adam’s stuck-at-number-one-forever theme song “Everything I do, I do it for you”.
Sycamore gap featured in scene where Robin, coming home from the Crusades with Azeem, encounters a small boy being chased by Guy of Gisbourne. The boy is accused of poaching, Robin steps in to defend him and fighting ensues. All very thrilling. The location also featured in the TV series “Vera”.
The gap is now one of the most photographed places on Hadrian’s Wall. There’s even a wee new sycomore surrounded by a sheep-defence wall ready to take over when needed. And Roman mile castle 39 is right next door.
It’s a great place to visit, especially if you’re walking the wall anyway. Although this may not seem like the usual “inspiring place” I post about and more of a nostalgic film fan recommendation, it’s worth noting that a detective novel by LJ Ross named “Sycamore Gap” is based at this very spot. Never underestimate where inspiration may be find you.
What do you think of this place? Have you ever visited? Please share in the comments.