I can understand why this tree on Hadrian’s Wall was featured in the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (starring Kevin Costner, 1991). The Robin Hood Tree has character, shown to its full advantage amidst a striking landscape with ever-changing weather. We met this attention-grabber while on a three-mile hike along Hadrian’s Wall between Housesteads Roman Fort and Steel Rigg.
All day the light changed from eerie mist to gloomy rain to shafts of sunlight and back again. The entire landscape, the Robin Hood Tree included, looked different from moment to moment.
Here, you can really see the Robin Hood Tree tucked inside of Sycamore Gap, just east of Milecastle 39, which is also known as Castle Nick. Click on this photo for a larger panoramic view.
“You truly are a great one.” Robin Hood, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) (actually said after Azeem delivered Fanny’s breech baby, but it seemed a fitting quote).
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