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Sycamore Gap

England: Robin Hood - Prince of ThievesSycamore Gap: Trouble with the Sheriff

Location

Rising from the depression of hills between two lengths of Hadrian's Wall (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) sits a lonesome Sycamore tree that is a natural beacon in the fields of Northumberland's National Park. The tree is the most photographed landmark in all of the park for good reason - it has a stunning outlook across the rolling hills, regardless of the season. 

The winding trail of Hadrian's wall leads to the Sycamore Gap.

The winding trail of Hadrian's wall leads to the Sycamore Gap.

Key Scenes

Filmed on an ominous overcast day in Northumberland, the Sycamore Gap featured in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in a scene where Robin (Kevin Costner) and Aveem (Morgan Freeman) walk along the ruins of Hadrian's Wall.

While heading back to his father's castle, Robin encounters some of the Sheriff's men who chase a young boy up into the Sycamore tree with their Deerhounds. Robin, who at first hides behind the broken wall, decides to confront the men in order to protect of the boy and a fierce fight breaks out.

Where Hadrian's Wall and 'Robin's Tree' intercept amidst the hills of Northumberland.

Where Hadrian's Wall and 'Robin's Tree' intercept amidst the hills of Northumberland.

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For the full experience of the Sycamore Gap, you can follow the National Trust's walking route that begins at the Housesteads Information Centre and weaves between the Roman ruins.  

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