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.
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.
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.
Day 8 Depart Carlisle
Good train services north, south and east. You can also opt to return to Carlisle the night before your departure.