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Hadrians Wall Path

Across Britain at the Edge of the Roman Empire

Hadrian's Wall Path stretches for 84 miles (135 km) across the middle of Britain. It is well signposted and easy to follow, and passes through fine open scenery, without being unduly strenuous. Unlike the Coast to Coast and Southern Upland Way walks, it can normally be managed in a week, and is ideal as a first attempt at a long distance walk.

On top of the fine walking, Hadrians Wall is well worth exploring in its own right. It was built by troops under the command of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, in the second century AD. It marked the northern edge of the Roman Empire at that time (though they had ventured right into highland Scotland a century or so earlier). It wasn't simply a fixed boundary, but was designed to control the movements and trade between the local tribes. The main garrison was the fort at Vindolada, near what is now Haltwhistle. Much of the wall is well preserved, and it makes a fine sight as if sweeps across the contours of the open moors of Northumberland and Cumberland.

The walk is normally carried out from east to west, with a start at Newcastle (easy to reach on the main east coast rail line or on the ferry from Rotterdam). The most popular itinerary is the one shown opposite, but as usual, we can adapt it to suit your own particular requirements.

What's Included

  • Accommodation with breakfast for 7 nights in good quality guest houses
  • Door to door luggage transfer each day
  • Comprehensive Tour Pack with route notes, maps, and details on accommodation and transport

Optional Extras

  • Shorter or longer stay
  • Rest nights along the way
  • Night 7 in Carlisle instead of Bowness

Price - £460.00 per person

For 2 people sharing a room for 7 nights - single occupancy supplement is £140.00

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Getting There

Couldn't be easier. Newcastle and Carlisle are on the main east coast and west coast train lines.

 

Itinerary (7 nights)

Total Distance - 84 miles, 135k
Longest Day - 16 miles, 26k
Average Day - 14miles, 23k

Itinerary can be adapted for shorter or longer walks each day
Available from April to end of September

Day 1 - Arrive and overnight in Newcastle

Easy to get to on the East Coast Rail line

Day 2 - Wallsend to Heddon-on-the-Wall - 15 mls, 24k

A short ride on the Metro to Wallsend, then a walk along the banks of the Tyne to the aptly named Heddon-on-the-Wall - Overnight Heddon-on-the-Wall

Day 3 - Heddon-on-the-Wall to Chollerford - 15 mls, 24k

As you walk across open countryside, its on this stage that you start to see more stone built fortifications and extended sections of the wall. - Overnight Chollerford

Day 4 - Chollerford to Once Brewed - 13 miles, 21k

As well as walls, the Romans built roads, and you follow a Roman road for much of today. After passing the museum at Chesters, you are soon rewarded with some fine views with really well preserved fortifications and of the wall itself. There is another museum and Fort at Houseteads. Once brewed is just a short walk from the route. - Overnight Once Brewed

Day 5 - Once Brewed to Walton - 16 miles, 26k

This section takes you over the watershed, and the highest point of the walk at Winshiels Crags. Great views east and west. Open moorland and then more gentle farmland lead you to your stop at Walton, with more fine sections of the wall to admire en-route.

Overnight Walton

Day 6 - Walton to Carlisle - 10 miles, 16k

Gentler walking in very tranquil surroundings, as you follow the river Eden towards the Cathedral and castle in the centre of the old town of Carlisle.

Overnight Carlisle

Day 7 Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway - 15 miles, 24k

You again follow the River Eden, as you head towards the Solway Estuary, the habitat for an impressive variety of bird life. A lovely place to end this relatively short coast to coast walk. A short bus or taxi ride back to Carlisle.
Overnight Carlisle

Day 8 Depart Carlisle

Good train services north, south and east. You can also opt to return to Carlisle the night before your departure.