But on Thursday 28 September, the world-famous 'Robin Hood tree' - believed to be one of the most photographed in the British Isles - was found felled.
Northumbria Police have confirmed they are investigating.
The tree's history
The tree itself is believed to have dated back to medieval times. It was excavated on two occasions - between 1908 and 1911 and again between 1982 and 1987 where Roman remains linked to Hadrian's wall were found.
On the big screen
In 1991, Sycamore Gap provided a setting for the film 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves', which starred Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman and Alan Rickman.
Memory making & award winning
Over the years, it's become a popular hotspot for proposals, stargazers and walkers alike.
In 2016, it was named English Tree of the Year in the Woodland Trust’s awards, and the site has formed part of the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site at Hadrian's Wall since it was designated in 1987.
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